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Ryan Cameron admits Musselburgh killing of David McCardle

Ryan Cameron
Image caption Cameron was standing trial for the third time when he pled guilty to a lesser charge

A man has admitted killing an East Lothian pub customer with a metal beer keg after standing trial for the third time.

Ryan Cameron, 26, struck David McCardle with the barrel on 12 August 2011.

Cameron and a co-accused Ross Tait, 22, were originally charged with murdering Mr McCardle at a vennel off North High Street, Musselburgh.

The Crown accepted Cameron's plea to the lesser charge of culpable homicide and Tait was acquitted of the murder.

Tait pled guilty to assaulting another man, Derek Robertson, to his severe injury by striking him with a wooden pole.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, the judge, Lord Stewart, deferred sentence on both Cameron and Tait until next month for background reports.

Image caption Mr McCardle died from injuries he received near the Clubhouse pub

Cameron was remanded in custody.

A first trial involving the pair had to be halted earlier this year when the judge, Lady Dorrian, realised that she knew one of the witnesses.

A second trial came to a halt after the new presiding judge discovered through a weekend chat with his wife that she was a distant relative through marriage of the victim.

The judge, Sean Murphy QC, decided it would be inappropriate to for him to continue hearing the case, despite the jury having heard five days of evidence.

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