Northern Ireland

Matthew Goddard murder: William Turner pleads guilty

Flowers were left outside Matthew Goddard's house where his body was found over Christmas 2014
Image caption Flowers were left outside Matthew Goddard's house where his body was found over Christmas 2014

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a 41-year-old Belfast man at his home in the east of the city two days before Christmas in 2014.

The victim, Matthew Goddard, was found dead in the living room of his Chobham Street home on December 23, 2014.

William Turner, from Glenlea Grove in Belfast, had originally denied murder.

However, he asked to be re-arraigned at Belfast Crown Court on Friday and when the murder charge was put to him for a second time, Turner replied "guilty".

The 37-year-old defendant also admitted assaulting and causing grievous bodily harm to another man on the same date as the murder.

The court was informed by a prosecution barrister that the trial of two other men, who have also been charged with murdering Mr Goddard, is due to begin next week.