Cookstown man admits to unlawful killing

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A 21-YEAR-old Cookstown man has pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of a young man outside Clubland in September 2009.

Anthony James Bey punched Leslie Parks (pictured right) once outside the nightclub on Molesworth Street which fractured his skull and despite frantic attempts to save him, he died in hospital ten days later.

No details surrounding the circumstances of the attack were given to Dungannon Crown Court, which Judge Geoffrey Miller QC described as “tragic” for all concerned.

Just before the jury was to be sworn in on Monday past, defence lawyer Mark Mulholland asked for the single charge of manslaughter to be put to Bey, from Fortglen in the town.

The court heard that the victim, who is also from Cookstown, was felled by the single punch which fractured his skull. He was later taken to Craigavon Area Hospital and later transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he died on September 28.

Standing in the dock, just a short distance of family and friends of Mr Parks, some of whom wept quietly, Bey, dressed in a light coloured shirt with a striped tie, pleaded guilty to the charge.

Mr Mulholland said that in addition to the pre-sentence reports from the probation service, the defence also hoped to provide a psychiatric report on Bey which might also prove helpful when dealing with his case.

Judge Miller told Bey that, as a result of his actions that night, a young man, barely a year older than him had died.

It is expected that Bey will be sentenced by the court on 18 March.