Anthony McErlaine murder: Christopher Keenan pleads guilty

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Image source, Kevin McAuley
Image caption, Police started a murder inquiry after Mr McErlain's body was found in a flat in Ballycastle

A County Antrim man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a man in Ballycastle two years ago.

Christopher Keenan, 36, of Broombeg View, Ballycastle, County Antrim was given a mandatory life sentence for the murder of Anthony McErlaine, 48.

He will learn in April how long he will serve without parole.

Mr McErlaine was found dead at a flat in January 2016. Police said at the time that he had suffered a "traumatic and frightening death".

Keenan appeared at Antrim Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, and pleaded guilty to the murder charge.

Keenan will appear again at the same court on 4 May when a tariff hearing will be held to determine how long he should spend in custody before being released.

Mr McErlaine, a father-of-two, was a labourer who had spent many years living in the Republic of Ireland.

He had also worked on the building of the Channel Tunnel and had worked for a construction company in Dunloy, County Antrim.

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