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East Belfast man jailed for life for killing dad-of-three George Gray

By Ashleigh McDonald

An east Belfast man has been given life for the murder of father-of-three George Gray, who was killed in his Cregagh Road home more than two years ago.

Alan Irvine (31) from Imperial Street in the Ballymacarret area of the city was re-arraigned on a single charge of murdering Mr Grey on a date between August 29 and September 1, 2012.

Standing in the dock of Downpatrick Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, Irvine shook and was tearful as he replied "guilty" to the charge of murdering Mr Gray (52).

Family and friends of the deceased sat in the public gallery as Irvine admitted the charge.

Following his guilty plea, Irvine was told by Mr Justice Weir that "for the moment, I sentence you to life imprisonment".

Defence barrister Martin O'Rourke asked that a pre-sentence report be prepared for his client, which was granted by Mr Justice Weir. The court also heard that victim impact reports will be submitted ahead of the sentencing, which is due to take place on February 20, 2015.

Last month the defendant's mother Elizabeth appeared in court, where she was charged with two counts linked to the murder of Mr Gray. The wheelchair-bound 64-year-old, from Rosebery Gardens in Belfast, admitted two charges - namely perverting the course of justice and withholding information. She will also be sentenced next month.

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