The judge has adjourned proceedings in the sentencing of Andrew Partington until 1200.
Partington will then be sentenced for manslaughter and multiple counts of criminal damage.
Our correspondent Rob Smith has been following the case, for the latest updates follow Rob on Twitter.
The first police officer at the scene of the Shaw gas blast has spoken of "absolute devastation" that greeted him.
A man who killed a two-year-old in a gas explosion in Shaw, text his girlfriend to tell her he would blow their house up.
A man who blew up his house in a massive gas blast that killed his two-year-old next-door neighbour was jailed for ten years today.