Manslaughter accused pleads guilty
A 21-year-old Co Tyrone man due to go on trial for the manslaughter of Cookstown man Leslie Parks in September 2009 has pleaded guilty to his unlawful killing.
Anthony James Bey punched Mr Parks once near the Clubland nightclub in Molesworth Street, Cookstown. Mr Parks, felled by the single punch, fractured his skull and died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast on September 28, 2009.
Just before a jury was to be sworn to hear the case, defence lawyer Mark Mulholland asked for the charge of manslaughter to be put to Bey, from Fortglen, Cookstown. Standing in the dock, Bey, dressed in a light-coloured shirt with a striped tie, pleaded guilty to the charge.
He is expected to be sentenced by the court on March 18.