Northern Ireland

David Higgins admits killing Jamie Adams by careless driving

Belfast Crown Court
Image caption Higgins was re-arraigned at Belfast Crown Court and pleaded guilty to a lesser offence

A man has admitted killing his friend by careless driving in a car crash in County Antrim just over two years ago.

David Paul Higgins, from Grange Valley Green, Ballyclare, had been due to go on trial in Belfast for causing Jamie Adams' death by dangerous driving.

However, a defence lawyer asked for the charge to be put to his client again.

Higgins maintained his not guilty plea to dangerous driving but told Belfast Crown Court he was pleading "guilty to causing death by careless driving".

Mr Adams was 19 years old when the Peugeot 106 being driven by Higgins crashed on Ballyeaston Main Street in the early hours of 21 April, 2011.

The teenager sustained fatal injuries in the collision.

At the court in Belfast, 22-year-old Higgins also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving without insurance.

A charge of driving while unfit was "left on the file".

A prosecution lawyer told the court Higgins' guilty plea to the lesser offence was acceptable to the Crown.

The judge adjourned passing sentence until later this month when pre-sentence probation reports have been completed.

Releasing Higgins on bail, the judge warned him that was "not to be taken as any indication as to the sentence" he will get.