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18 April 2016, 13:35
A 26 year-old Wellingborough man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of hairdresser Ashley Gillard at a flat in Wolverton near Milton Keynes, last June.
Thomas White was originally charged with murder, but the prosecution have accepted the guilty plea to manslaughter by gross negligence and will not proceed with the murder charge.
White, from Bibury Close, Wellingborough, has also pleaded guilty to ten other charges including arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered.Mr. Gillard, 31, was found dead in his flat at Trevithick Court, on June 8th last year.
The flat had been damaged by fire (pictured) and the door had been barricaded.White entered his guilty pleas before a packed court room at Luton Crown Court, on what would have been the first day of his trial.
In addition to manslaughter and arson he has also pleaded guilty to stealing clothing and credit cards from Mr. Gillard and another man, fraud by using one of the cards at Tesco, arson of a Peugeot car belonging to Mr. Gillard, theft of a generator, and taking a truck and a BMW without consent, and two charges of possession of Class B and Class C drugs.
Mr White will be sentenced at a later date.