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Drugged man admits drowning friend on fishing trip in Wirral

Claremont Farm on Clatterbridge Old Road
Image caption Barry O'Reilly died after taking drugs on a fishing trip at Claremont Farm in Merseyside

A man who drowned his friend in a farm pond after they took drugs has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Christopher Davies, 28, was on a fishing trip with his colleague Barry O'Reilly, 37, in May when he fell ill after Mr O'Reilly offered him Spice.

Davies, of Town Lane, Higher Bebington, then lost control and became violent before attacking and drowning his friend at Claremont Farm in Wirral.

He will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday.

Then known as a "legal high", the supply of Spice - a synthetic cannabinoid that acts like cannabis - has since been banned after a law came into force on 26 May.

However taking the drug is not illegal.

In an impact statement, Mr O'Reilly's ex-partner described him as "wonderful father", adding "when you take a life... you destroy a whole world".

Davies denied murder but prosecutors accepted his plea of manslaughter on the grounds of a "loss of control".

The defence said he deeply regretted what happened.

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