Man pleads guilty to Banbridge flat murder
A Co Down man has been handed a life sentence after he admitted murdering another man in Banbridge last summer.
Despite initially denying that he stabbed Richard Scullion to death last July, a barrister for David Robert Boyd yesterday asked that his client be re-arraigned at Newry Crown Court sitting in Belfast.
When Boyd (29), from Scarva Walk in Banbridge, was charged with murdering Mr Scullion on a date between July 5 and 10, 2018, the accused replied "guilty".
The body of Mr Scullion was discovered in a flat in the Millmount Road area of the Co Down town last July.
The court was told that the 55-year-old victim was found in the kitchen area of the property with two stab wounds to his back.
A tariff hearing will be held on October 11 to determine the minimum prison term Boyd that will serve.
Mr Justice Colton subsequently remanded Boyd into custody until the hearing.