Wigan man admits murder

A Wigan man is facing a life sentence after admitting murder.

David Haley yesterday (thurs) pleaded guilty to killing John Speakman in a savage attack at the victim's bungalow last year.

The 39-year-old had been due to stand trial at Liverpool Crown Court for murder alongside two other defendants but changed his plea to guilty at the 11th hour.

The court heard him confess to murdering 55-year-old Mr Speakman between June 5 and 8 2006 at his house in Marsh Green, Marsh Green.

A post-mortem examination revealed the victim died from multiple injuries including stab wounds.

The body of Mr Speakman was found early on the morning of June 7 and Haley, then 38, was arrested by murder squad detectives just hours later.

After his brief appearance before a judge yesterday Haley, also of Marsh Green, Marsh Green, was further remanded in custody to await sentence.

Alongside him in the Liverpool dock were Christopher Freeburn and Sylvia Marsh.

Freeburn, 45, of Thursby House, Saddleback Road, Norley, and Marsh, 53, of Hunter Road, Marsh Green, still deny murder.

Marsh also denies attempting to pervert the course of justice by providing false accounts to police officers investigating Mr Speakman's death between June 5 and 9.

They are to re-appear again on Monday when the trial is due to begin. Freeburn was further remanded in custody and Marsh was further remanded on bail with conditions including reporting to a police station daily and surrendering his passport.

Haley will only be sentenced after the completion of the other defendants' trials.

Unmarried and living alone, John Speakman was described by neighbours as a "friendly and bubbly character". His funeral took place at St Barnabas's Church, just yards from his home.