Rotherham killer admits lover’s manslaughter

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A man today admitting killing his partner after stabbing him with a broken glass bottle during a drunken row.

Anthony McCall, aged 55, of Redscope Crescent, Kimberworth, always denied murder but admitted manslaughter today - on the second day of his trial - and had his plea accepted by prosecutors.

He attacked his partner of 35 years, Michael Riches, 59, in his home on Swinburne Place, Herringthorpe, during an argument last October.

McCall said he snapped because Mr Riches had been ‘nagging and nagging and nagging’.

He has been remanded in custody and is to be sentenced on May 12.

Officers were called to Mr Riches’ home at around 7.30pm on Sunday, October 6 and found him with life threatening injuries.

He was rushed to Rotherham District General Hospital but could not be saved.

In a statement his family said today: “We are all deeply saddened by what’s happened to Michael. It has been a lot to come to terms with, which we are still trying to do.”

DC John Morris, who investigated the case, said: “Mr Riches lost his life in the most tragic circumstances.”

“My thoughts and sympathy go out to his family and friends who I hope will be able to start to move forward with their lives following McCall’s guilty plea and his impending sentencing.

“I wish to thank the family for their patience during the investigative process.”