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Guilty plea by one of trio in Christmas murder case

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 07/05/2016

Matthew Goddard
Matthew Goddard

A Belfast man has admitted committing a murder in the east of the city over Christmas 2014.

The body of 41-year-old Matthew Goddard was discovered in the living room of his Chobham Street home on December 23, 2014.

At the time of his death police revealed Mr Goddard had been the victim of a brutal attack and had been beaten with a number of items, including his own guitar.

Three men have been charged with his murder, and until yesterday all denied the charge.

When the charge was put to William Turner for a second time at Belfast Crown Court, he replied: "Guilty."

The 37-year-old, from Glenlea Grove in Belfast, also admitted assaulting another man on December 23, 2014 and causing him grievous bodily harm. Turner was remanded back into custody by Mr Justice Treacy.

Two men are now facing trial over the murder of Mr Goddard. James Henry Turner (30) - who is William Turner's younger brother and from Dunraven Court in Belfast - and Christian Walker (36), from Milebush Close in Carrickfergus.

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