Dublin man admits manslaughter of German student
A young man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a German student who was stabbed to death in Rialto in Dublin.
His teenage friend has already been convicted of murdering Thomas Heinrich in December 2012.
Heinrich died after being stabbed three times during a fight outside his apartment in the early hours of Dec 1 2012.
Today, his parents described the "crippling depression of his sudden and violent death" and the pain of being robbed of their son and his potential.
Wesley Kelly of St. Anthony's Road, Rialto and his teenage friend, who can't be named because of his age, stood trial last month.
They were both charged with murdering Thomas Heinrich and assault causing harm to his friend Robert Rinker who says he now suffers from PTSD.
The younger of the two was found guilty on both counts but the jury failed to reach agreement on the murder charge faced by Wesley Kelly.
However, before their sentence hearing today, the charge was again put to the 20-year-old who pleaded not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.
This was accepted by the DPP and their sentencing is due to be finalised tomorrow.