Kilkenny man Tadhg Butler pleads guilty to manslaughter after three failed murder trials

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A man whose third trial on the same murder charge ended three months ago with a hung jury has pleaded guilty  to unlawfully killing his nephew's friend.
The manslaughter plea was accepted by the State and Tadhg Butler was remanded in custody until a sentence hearing on October 18.Mr Butler (37), with an address at Seafield House, Tramore, Co Waterford pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of Michael O'Dwyer on January 10, 2014.
Mr Butler first went on trial in April 2015 but the jury was discharged due to a legal issue on the first day. A second jury found him guilty a few weeks later and he received the mandatory life sentence.

But that decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal before a third trial earlier this year ended when the jury could not agree a verdict.