THERE was a dramatic confession to murder at a trial of three housemates yesterday.

It came after a break requested by defence lawyers on the third day of the men's trial for the murder of Abdul Ghafoor, 30, who was beaten to death in his Middlesbrough home.

When the court resumed, Malcolm Edwards, 29, whom witnesses had referred to as the Big Feller, changed his plea to guilty to murdering Mr Ghafoor at his house in Teak Street, Middlesbrough on June 27 last year.

His barrister, Brian Forster, QC, said that Edwards had made a statement confessing to the killing during an interview in the court cells, when a social worker was also present.

Edwards was formally found guilty by the jury and then remanded in custody. He will be sentenced later.

The trial for murder continues for Joseph Limon, 23, and Derek Mendum, 21, who lived with Edwards at a guest house in Borough Road, Middlesbrough at the time of the killing.