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Eamonn Magee Jr murder: Orhan Koca admits killing boxer

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Image caption Eamonn Magee Jr died after sustaining stab wounds in an attack in west Belfast

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a west Belfast boxer in May 2015.

Eamonn Magee Jr, 22, died from stab wounds he sustained to the chest and stomach in Twinbrook in the city.

Mr Magee was a rising star in the boxing world, hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father Eamonn, a former welterweight champion.

Turkish national Orhan Koca, 34, of no fixed abode, admitted the murder charge at Belfast Crown Court on Tuesday, just as his trial was about to begin.

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Image caption Orhan Koca admitted killing the boxer in a knife attack in May 2015

He will be sentenced in May.

Mr Magee Jr was at a friend's house in Summerhill Park in Twinbrook in the early hours of 30 May 2015 when he was attacked by Koca.

He died a short time later in hospital.

After Koca's guilty plea, a judge told him that he was facing a life sentence.

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