Northern Ireland

Man admits murder of Geoff Kerr in Templepatrick

Geoff Kerr
Image caption Geoff Kerr was shot dead in his home in Templepatrick

A man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a financial advisor who was shot in front of his wife at their home.

Geoff Kerr, 60, was shot in April 2009 as he tried to defend his family from two men who had forced their way into his house.

Martin Fleming, 51, from Churchill Road in Larne, originally denied the charge but changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday.

The judge at Belfast Crown Court imposed a life sentence on Fleming.

Darren Kernohan, 35, from Moss Drive in Antrim continues to deny the murder but has admitted assaulting Mrs Kerr.

It is the Crown case that Mr Kernohan was the gunman who killed Mr Kerr when he shot once in the chest at his home in The Village in Templepatrick when he and Fleming went there to steal his legally held firearms.

Financial advisor Geoff Kerr was shot dead in Templepatrick on 27 April 2009.

On Monday, three other co-accused pleaded guilty to associated offences connected to the murder.

Also on Monday,, mother and daughter Margaret Deery, 63, and Siobhan Clyde, 34, both from Willowtree Park in Newtownabbey, admitted charges of perverting the course of justice.

Laurence Desmond Kincaid, 60, from the Upper Hightown Road in north Belfast, pleaded guilty to withholding information.