A Huddersfield man has confessed to unlawfully killing a 38-year-old man who suffered fatal stab wounds at a flat in Elland last month.
Robert Lyn, 45, is currently remanded in custody on a charge of murdering of Daniel Campbell, but this morning he made his admission through his barrister at a preliminary hearing before a judge at Bradford Crown Court.
A trial date for the murder allegation is already fixed for January 13 next year, but Richard Wright QC told the Recorder of Bradford Judge Roger Thomas QC that his client admitted the killing.
''I can say, having had a very productive conference with Mr Lyn this morning, that he admits the unlawful killing of the deceased and there is no issue about that and there will be no issue about that,'' said Mr Wright.
''We are content that that is a matter that can properly be in the public domain.''
During a 15 minute hearing before the judge it was confirmed by Mr Wright and prosecutor Peter Moulson QC that psychiatrists would be preparing reports on Lyn in time for his next hearing before the court on November 14.
Lyn, of Huntingdon Avenue, Bradley, is alleged to have murdered Mr Campbell at an address on Elizabeth Street, Elland, on July 18.
It also emerged during today's hearing that the knife used by Lyn had now been recovered.
Mr Wright had indicated that his client was prepared to provide information about where he obtained the knife and where he had disposed of it, but Mr Moulson said it had been found.
''You will be able to see from that offer that there is going to be a sensible acceptance of the factual circumstances,'' added Mr Wright.
''He understand the position in regard to bail and there will be no application for bail in these proceedings.''
Judge Thomas told Lyn that his case was moving forward sensibly and productively and he would be back in court on November 14.
The judge said that at the next hearing he would have to say from his own mouth whether he was guilty or not guilty of the murder charge.