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.