Northern Ireland

George Gray murder: Alan Irvine faces life sentence after guilty plea

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Image caption The body of George Gray was found by a friend at his home

An east Belfast man has admitted murdering a 52-year-old man more than two years ago.

Father-of-three George Gray's body was found at his home on Cregagh Road on 1 September 2012.

Alan Irvine, 31, of Imperial Street, pleaded guilty to murder at Downpatrick Crown Court, sitting in Belfast.

The judge told him his guilty plea meant he faced a life sentence. The length of his jail sentence will be imposed next month.

Last month, the defendant's mother, Elizabeth Irvine, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

The 64-year-old, of Rosebery Gardens in the city, admitted providing alibi statements to police about the whereabouts of her son. She was released on continuing bail.

Both will be sentenced next month.

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