Lancaster man pleads guilty to manslaughter of friend

John Houston.
John Houston.
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A Lancaster man has admitted killing a friend who was found dead at his home.

Kieran Cuffe, 44, appeared by videolink at Preston Crown Court to plead guilty to the manslaughter of John Houston.

Kieran Cuffe.

Kieran Cuffe.

Police found Mr Houston dead at his home in Laburnum Grove, Lancaster, on April 4.

Worried family members raised the alarm after becoming concerned they had not heard from Mr Houston for several days.

Cuffe, also of Laburnum Grove, was arrested on suspicion of murder as it was understood the friends had been involved in an altercation in the days prior to Mr Houston’s death.

However the prosecution accepted Cuffe’s plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter when he appeared in court.

Speaking only to confirm his name and enter his pleas, Cuffe appeared upset as he admitted killing his friend.

Judge Mark Brown, Honorary Recorder of Preston, remanded Cuffe in custody to return to court on August 3 when he will be sentenced.