Danny Whelan of no fixed abode but originally from Thurles in County Tipperary was due to go on trial at the Central Criminal Court this morning, charged with murdering Samantha Walsh in an apartment in the city.
However, when his case was called, Mr Justice Michael White was informed that a jury would not be required.
Bearded and dressed in a striped shirt and blue tie, he stood to be arraigned. When the charge was put to him, he admitted murdering the 31-year-old on or about 28th April 2017 at an address in Thomas Court on Thomas Street, Waterford.
Justice White directed the preparation of a victim impact statement. He remanded him in custody for sentence on a date not yet finalised.
He will receive the mandatory life sentence.
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