24th Nov, 2017

Coventry man found guilty of murdering his neighbour

Coventry Editorial 1st Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY MAN has pleaded guilty to murdering his friend and neighbour.

Unemployed Edwin Pyott, aged 43 of Langlodge Road, Holbrooks, stabbed Danny McDermott to death on Tuesday, February 10 2015.

Mr McDermott, aged 44, a father of one who lived in the same block of flats, died two days later from multiple stab wounds to the neck.

Danny McDermott.

His body was found on February 12 when officers gained entry to his flat after being alerted by Pyott’s mother and a friend, to whom Pyott had confessed he had killed someone.

He was arrested hours later and charged on February 14.

The murder weapon has never been recovered.

Detective Inspector Jim Munro, from Force CID, said while he doesn’t think officers will ever get to the bottom of why Pyott killed his friend, he believes they rowed over money.

He added: “I am satisfied that Pyott has pleaded guilty to Danny’s murder and has saved his family from the trauma of a lengthy trial.”

Paying tribute to Danny, his family described him as a much-loved dadn, son, brother, uncle and loyal friend.

They added: “Danny was a hardworking, loving family man with a big heart and a great sense of humour.

“He will be hugely missed by all that knew and loved him.”

Pyott will be sentenced on December 11 at Birmingham Crown Court.

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