Life in jail for skateboarder murderer

Published Friday, 18 January 2013
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A north Belfast man has been jailed for life after he pleaded guilty to murder.

Life in jail for skateboarder murderer
The coffin of Dee Corr is carried by family and friends last March. (© Pacemaker)

Standing in the dock of Belfast Crown Court on Friday, well-built Barry Cavan first confirmed his name to the court and then when the charge of murdering David Corr was put to him, he said simply "guilty".

David, also known as 'Dee', was a 24-year-old talented skateboarder from the New Lodge area.

He was found stabbed to death at a flat in Victoria Parade on 15 March last year.

As Cavan, 25 and from Cuchullain House, also in the New Lodge area, entered his guilty plea, his victim's mother Noreen Corr sat just feet away behind glass in the public gallery of court 12 at the Laganside court complex, comforted by a male friend.

Mr Justice Weir told Cavan that as he had pleaded guilty to murder, "there is only one sentence proscribed by law for that and that is the sentence of life imprisonment."

Remanding Cavan into custody, the judge adjourned fixing Cavan's minimum tariff until pre-sentence probation reports, psychiatric reports and a victim impact statement have been compiled.

Mr Justice Weir explained to Cavan that the next time the case is before him, he will fix the minimum period he must spend in jail. His case can then be referred to the Parole Commissioners, who will decide if and when he is released.

© UTV News
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5 Comments
Mike in Antrim wrote (706 days ago):
About time the word Life Sentence was changed because it isn't a life sentence at all. It's a made up word to satisfy people who want a hard line sentence.
tommy mckenna in belfast wrote (706 days ago):
god rest your soul dee
stephenie in Lisburn wrote (707 days ago):
It's about time!! Thoughts and love go out to his family and friends! RIP Dee <3
belfastskateboardcommunity in belfast wrote (707 days ago):
justice for dee
Demi in belfast wrote (707 days ago):
Brilliant news, he got what he deserved , Dee corr was an amazing person i'm glad i got the chance to meet him. R.I.P Dee Corr! xx
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