Man admits killing father-of-three found in shallow grave22/03/2013 - 14:03:23
A man has admitted killing a 26-year-old father-of-three whose remains were found in a shallow grave in the Wicklow mountains two and a half years ago.
Clement Byrne of Clonattin Village, Gorey, Co Wexford was charged with murdering Steven O'Meara, but his plea of guilty to manslaughter has been accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Byrne (aged 49) was arraigned and pleaded guilty to manslaughter at the Central Criminal Court this morning.
He has admitted killing Steven O'Meara on or about August 6, 2009 at Ballydonnell Wood, Redcross.
Last year, another man, Michael Dickenson, known as 'Pencil' Byrne, of no fixed abode was sentenced to life for murdering Mr O'Meara, whose body was found in a shallow grave on Christmas Eve, five months after his disappearance.
The evidence was that Steven O' Meara had tried to collect a drugs debt and was driven to the woods where he was shot.
After entering his plea, Clement Byrne was remanded in custody for sentencing on June 10.
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