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.
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