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Anthony Ogburn admits Warrington angler's manslaughter

Henry Morris
Image caption Henry Morris had been an angler for more than 30 years and was a regular competitor.

A man has been detained at a secure hospital unit for killing an angler whose body was pulled from a Warrington canal during a fishing contest.

Anthony Ogburn, 41, of Warrington, was on trial for murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

A judge at Chester Crown Court made him the subject of a hospital order.

His victim Henry Morris, 57, was recovered from the Sankey Canal, at Sankey Valley Park, on 18 June.

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Morris, known as Harry-boy or Harry, had drowned.

Ogburn has been detained in a secure psychiatric unit, where he will be assessed by mental health staff.

In the hours following the killing, police said that Mr Morris had been involved in an argument which had led to his death.

His brother Louis, chairman of Dallam and District Community Angling Club which organised the competition, said the family had been "devastated" by the killing.

Mr Morris had been an angler for more than 30 years and was a regular competitor.

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