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A man has admitted killing a schoolboy on Wearside more than twenty years ago - but denies his murder.
Steven Grieveson has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 14-year-old Simon Martin in 1990.
Watch the lunchtime report from Frances Read below.
A man who has admitted killing a schoolboy whose body was found in a house in Sunderland in 1990 denies murdering the teenager.
The body of 14-year-old Simon Martin was found at a house in Roker in 1990. He was found to have suffered from head injuries.
Brian Hegarty, defending, told the court that Steven Grieveson "will not dispute he is responsible for the death of Mr Martin."
Judge James Goss, the Recorder of Newcastle, specified that could be reported.
"That does not mean he is admitting murder," the judge said. "He is admitting unlawful killing."
No manslaughter charge was put to the defendant.
A trial has been scheduled to begin on June 24th.
Grieveson was remanded in custody.
A man has admitted killing a schoolboy whose semi-naked body was found in a derelict house in Sunderland in 1990, but denies his murder.
42-year-old Steven Grieveson appeared via videolink at Newcastle Crown Court where he was charged with murdering 14-year-old Simon Martin.
Simon, of Amy Street, Sunderland, had suffered head injuries.
His body was found at Gillside House, Roker, which has since been demolished.
Grieveson, wearing a black and white Adidas tracksuit, said "not guilty" in a clear voice when the murder charge was read out.