Man pleads guilty over fatal stabbing at Leeds flat complex

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A MAN has pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the day he was due to go on trial for murder over a fatal stabbing at a flat complex in Leeds city centre.

Ashley Twist, 25, accepted responsibility for causing the death of 22-year-old Adam Rider.

Mr Rider, from Leeds, died after being stabbed at the Citispace apartment block on Regent Street.

Police officers were called to the building shortly before 3.15am on May 22, to reports of a fight in a hallway at the building.

They found Mr Rider with serious injuries and he was treated at the scene. He was later pronounced dead at Leeds General Infirmary.

Twist pleaded not guilty guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter when the charge was put to him at Leeds Crown Court.

The court heard Twist pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis of loss of control. He will be sentenced next Tuesday, on November 18. The court heard Twist has previously pleaded guilty to an offence of causing grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to a sperate incident which took place in 2013.

Twist will be sentenced for that offence on the same date. Twist’s barrister, Richard Wright, QC, asked that the case to be adjourned to allow for a probation report and other documents to be prepared before sentencing takes place.

Mrs Justice McGowan, told Twist: “The offences to which you have pleaded guilty...are very serious and are offences of violence. I need to know, with a view to protect the public, whether you are dangerous in the legal sense, rather than just the ordinary sense of the word.”

The incident caused alarm for residents living at the Citispace building at the time of the incident. Resident Peter Casci, 29, said police had asked all residents not living on floors one and two to return to their apartments until they were told they could leave.

He said: “I got up and got ready for work this morning, when I went downstairs there was quite a few people in the entrance and a policeman who was saying floors one and two could leave but anyone else had to stay. It’s one of those things you read about in the news, but you don’t expect it to be happening on your doorstep.”

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