Northern Ireland

Barry Cavan admits murder of David Corr in Belfast flat

The apartment block where a man's body was found
Image caption The apartment block where Mr Corr's body was found last March

A 25-year-old man from north Belfast has been given a life sentence after he pleaded guilty to murder.

Barry Cavan, from Cuchulainn House in the New Lodge area of the city, admitted the murder of David Corr on 15 March last year.

The body of Mr Corr, who was also from the New Lodge area, was found at the flat in Victoria Parade. The 24-year-old had been stabbed to death.

Cavan was remanded in custody with a tariff due to be set at a later date.

Standing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on Friday, he first confirmed his name to the court and then when the murder charge was put to him, he said simply "guilty".

Mr Corr, also known as Dee, was a talented skateboarder.

His mother, Noreen Corr, was in court for the hearing and sat behind glass in the public gallery, just feet away from her son's killer.

Mr Justice Weir told Cavan that as he had pleaded guilty to murder, "there is only one sentence prescribed by law for that and that is the sentence of life imprisonment".

Remanding Cavan into custody, the judge adjourned fixing the minimum tariff until pre-sentence probation reports, psychiatric reports and a victim impact statement have been compiled.

Mr Justice Weir told Cavan that the next time the case is before him, he will fix the minimum period he must spend in jail before his case can be referred to the Parole Commissioners, who will decide if and when he is released.

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