Northern Ireland

John Charles Coburn admits Mothers Day manslaughter

A 35-year-old man has admitted stabbing his 53-year-old mother to death on Mothers Day last year.

His younger brother was also allegedly attacked and wounded in the same incident.

John Charles Coburn, was initially accused of murdering his mother, Lynn Coburn, in the village of Kells, County Antrim on 3 April last year.

The charge was withdrawn after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Following a request by defence lawyer Denis Boyd for Coburn to be rearraigned, he initially just pleaded 'not guilty' to the murder charge.

However, when prompted by a solicitor, Coburn told Antrim Crown Court, "not guilty to murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility, guilty of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility".

Prosecutor Neil Connon told Judge Tom Burgess that he could "indicate that the plea is acceptable to the prosecution".

No details surrounding the family tragedy were given to the court, however, an earlier hearing was told that neighbours raised the alarm and called the police to the scene after a violent incident in the housing development of Rossburn Manor.

While Coburn's 32-year-old brother was found in the fornt garden covered in blood, armed police found their mother Lynn already dead inside the family home.

Coburn, who will be sentenced in December, is also currently accused of maliciously wounding his brother with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm.