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Lesser pleas given in Devlin case

Gerard Devlin
Gerard Devlin was stabbed to death in February 2006

The five men accused of murdering father-of-six Gerard Devlin have had their pleas to lesser charges accepted.

On Wednesday morning Francisco Notorantonio, 21, pleaded guilty to manslaughter, affray and malicious wounding.

His co-accused, Christopher Notorantonio, 56, Anthony Notorantonio, 50, William Notorantonio, 24, and Paul Burns, 26, pleaded guilty to affray.

The prosecution accepted the pleas at Belfast Crown Court.

Mr Devlin, 39, was stabbed to death outside his Ballymurphy home in February 2006.

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