Man ad­mits role over body in lake

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ONE of two men charged over the 2017 killing of Launce­s­ton man Bradley Bre­ward has pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter.

Mr Bre­ward is be­lieved to have been killed on New Year’s Day 2017, be­fore his body was dumped at Lake Eu­ge­nana, near Devon­port.

Ricky John Izard, of South Launce­s­ton, ap­peared at the Supreme Court in Launce­s­ton yes­ter­day, where he pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter and ag­gra­vated bur­glary.

It was al­leged Izard was armed with a screw­driver when he and co-ac­cused Mark Rodney Jones, of West Launce­s­ton, en­tered a unit in the sub­urb of Newn­ham in­tend­ing to as­sault Mr Bre­ward, but that Mr Bre­ward was ul­ti­mately killed in the in­ci­dent.

Izard also pleaded guilty to per­vert­ing jus­tice, hav­ing al­legedly been in­volved in the dis­posal of Mr Bre­ward’s body, hav­ing supplied clean­ing prod­ucts used at the crime scene and hav­ing pro­vided false in­for­ma­tion to po­lice.

Izard and Mr Jones were ar­rested in Fe­bru­ary 2017, just over a month af­ter Mr Bre­ward is be­lieved to have been killed.

Both were ini­tially charged with mur­der.

Mr Jones has pleaded not guilty to mur­der­ing Mr Bre­ward and is due to stand trial next week.

Izard was re­manded to reap­pear in the Supreme Court on July 1.

Bradley Bre­ward

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