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Chinese national pleads guilty to manslaughter after man killed outside Dublin city-centre cafe

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Zhen Dong Zhao
Zhen Dong Zhao

A Chinese national has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing a man outside his internet cafe in Dublin city centre.

The plea was accepted by the State and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 5.

Zhen Dong Zhao (39) of Jervis Street, Dublin pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter for the killing of Noel Fegan at Wellington Quay on May 20, 2011.

At the Central Criminal Court today, prosecution counsel Pauline Walley SC said the plea was accepted by the State.

She added that there is no objection to bail as Mr Zhao has complied with his conditions to date.

Justice Patrick McCarthy granted continuing bail until December 5.

In 2012, Mr Zhao was convicted of Mr Fegan's murder and sentenced to life imprisonment but the conviction was later quashed .

The Court of Criminal Appeal found that the trial judge had erred in explaining the concept of provocation to the jury and ordered a retrial.

Eoin Reynolds