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Daryn Maxwell admits killing student Reamonn Gormley

Reamonn Gormley
Image caption Reamonn Gormley died after being stabbed in Blantyre

A man has admitted killing 19-year-old student Reamonn Gormley but will face a murder trial after the Crown rejected his guilty plea to culpable homicide.

Daryn Maxwell, 22, admitted fatally stabbing the teenager in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, in February, during an attempted street robbery.

Co-accused Barry Smith, 19, pleaded not guilty to murdering the Glasgow University psychology student.

The trial is expected to start at the High Court in Glasgow later this year.

Mr Maxwell is charged with murdering Mr Gormley in Glasgow Road, Blantyre, on 1 February.

During an appearance at the High Court in Glasgow, Mr Maxwell pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of culpable homicide.

He admitted that, with his face partially masked, he presented a knife at Mr Gormley, demanded personal items, struggled with him and killed him by repeatedly striking him on the neck and body with a knife or similar instrument.

Plea rejected

His plea was rejected by the Crown and advocate depute Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting, told the court: "This plea is not accepted."

Mr Maxwell was in the dock alongside co-accused Barry Smith, who pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Gormley.

Both men, who are in custody, deny a second charge of presenting a chisel at David McFall and robbing him of a wallet and its contents in Glasgow Road, Blantyre, on 1 February.

Judge Lord Matthews continued the case to a further preliminary hearing in August.

Mr Gormley was stabbed as he walked home from watching the Celtic v Aberdeen football match in a bar in his home town.

He died in Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, soon after the attack.

More than 1,000 people took part in a march through the streets of Blantyre in February in memory of Mr Gormley.

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