Man admits Dublin killing of Durham man Raymond Bates

A man has admitted the road-rage killing of an English motorist in Dublin.

Karl Donohoe, 30, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of construction worker Raymond Bates in September 2010.

Father-of-three Mr Bates, 49, from Peterlee, County Durham, died in hospital four days after being hit on the head with a hurling stick.

His killer was due to go on trial for murder on Monday but entered a guilty plea for the lesser charge.

Donohoe has been remanded in custody until sentencing on 16 April.

The attack happened on 26 September 2010 at the junction of Sandymount Road and Tritonville Road.

Both Mr Bates and Donohoe drove away from the scene before a witness reported the assault to Irish police (Garda).

The victim went to St Vincent's Hospital the following day after becoming unwell, and was transferred to Beaumont Hospital where he fell into a coma and died on 30 September.

Donohoe, a crane worker from Tyrellstown, west Dublin, was arrested and initially charged with assault causing serious harm.

The Director of Public Prosecutions later ordered that he should be charged with murder and the lesser charge was struck out.

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