Northern Ireland

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter of Fermanagh GAA player

Gary Philip Moane pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of former Fermanagh GAA footballer Ciaran Woods
Image caption Gary Philip Moane pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of former Fermanagh GAA footballer Ciaran Woods

A Brookeborough man who admitted stabbing to death a former Fermanagh GAA player has had his plea of guilty to manslaughter accepted by the prosecution.

Gary Moane, 36, from Lisolvan Park, was due to stand trial at Enniskillen Crown Court for the murder of Ciaran Woods.

Mr Woods, 36, was stabbed to death in a house in Tempo in July 2010.

The jury heard the prosecution accepted Moane had "an abnormality of mind which impaired his responsibility".

Moane was detained after being stopped by police on the Tattymoyle Road near Fintona a short time after the killing.

When Moane first appeared in court shortly after the attack, his solicitor said his client expressed regret over the death of Mr Woods and shock at the tragic events that had unfolded.

Moane also admitted attacking Kathleen McQuaid and threatening to kill Damian Crudden.

He also pleaded guilty to hijacking a car and drink-driving.

Sentencing will take place in Dungannon Crown Court on 7 June.