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I'm ready to do my time, says man who killed his brother

BY MICHAEL DONNELLY

A Fermanagh man who unwittingly left his brother to die after a drunken row – during which he had threatened to rape his pregnant girlfriend – has asked to go back into jail.

Raymond Johnston, who admitted unlawfully killing his 33-year-old older brother David in July 2012, told Mr Justice Weir that "mentally I'm ready to go to prison", when asked if he wanted continuing bail until sentenced next week.

Omagh Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, heard that, as 34-year-old Johnston washed himself of blood after "a wee row" with his brother, David bled to death – but not before managing to make a final mobile call to his mother and sister telling them: "I'm dying here, I'm losing blood."

Prosecution QC Terence Monney said David Andrew Johnston, who had six knife wounds, was found dead in the driveway of his brother's new Kinawley Road home in the Flourenscourt area of Fermanagh in the early hours of July 13, 2012.

Mr Mooney said that Mr Johnston could, potentially, have survived his wounds but that, combined with the amount of alcohol he'd consumed, his physical exertions both during and after the fight, and the lack of any medical intervention had proved fatal.

Defence QC John McCrudden said Johnston had been struck down by genuine deep and abiding remorse and left distraught and suffering from very serious mental trauma, which needed hospital attention.

Johnston was originally accused of murdering his brother but this was withdrawn when he pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.

He will be sentenced on Wednesday.

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