A 19-year-old who previously denied the murder of a gay teenager in Liverpool last summer has appeared in court to plead guilty.

James O’Connor of formerly of Huyton, but now of The Clough, The Brow, Runcorn, said the assault was not homophobic.

He co-accused Gavin Alker, 19, of Fleetwood Walk, Runcorn, denies murder and his trial will start at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday.

O’Connor will be sentenced after Alker’s trial.

18-year-old Michael Causer was attacked on Friday 25th July and suffered serious head injuries.

Despite surgery to try to reduce swelling on his brain, he died at 2:30pm on Saturday 2nd August.

Marie and Michael Causer Senior said in a statement after their son’s death:

“Mickey was very close to all members of his family and will be greatly missed by his Mum and Dad, brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces, and his grandparents.

“Mickey loved life and had many friends.

“Our world will never been the same without him.”