Joao Costa bus station killing: Manslaughter court plea

A Lincolnshire man has admitted killing a 72-year-old pensioner in an attack at a bus station.

Russell Read, 38 of Castle Street, Boston, denied the murder of Joao Costa, at Lincoln Crown Court, but admitted manslaughter.

Mr Costa, of Porcher Way, Boston, died in hospital two days after being attacked in the early hours of 11 May. He had been treated for head injuries.

Prosecutors accepted Read's plea. His sentencing has been adjourned.

Adrienne Lucking, prosecuting, told the hearing that the Crown was not in a position to establish that Read intended to kill or cause serious injury when he delivered what she described as "moderate" punches.

Read was remanded in custody.

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