Belfast Telegraph

Accused's apology as he admits killing man in Ballycastle

By Ashleigh McDonald

A 29-year old man has admitted killing another man at a house in Ballycastle, and apologised to the victim's family for their loss.

Kevin O'Neill (25) died after he was stabbed in a house at Stronashesk Park in the town on April 21 last year.

Appearing in the dock of Antrim Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, was Nigel Thomas Martin McGothigan, formerly from Broombeg in Ballycastle but whose address was given as HMP Maghaberry.

In March he pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr O'Neill. However, when he was rearraigned on the same charge yesterday he replied "not guilty to murder, guilty to manslaughter".

McGothigan's barrister Ciaran Mallon told the court his client had instructed him to say he was "terribly remorseful and sorry" for the O'Neill's family's loss.

McGothigan will be sentenced in September.

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