A MAN who stabbed his friend in the heart with a machete has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Paul Michael Largan, 35, had been due to face a murder trial over the death of Jason Paul Gregory on July 2 last year.

At Liverpool Crown Court Largan, formerly of Birchfield Street, Thatto Heath, denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Mr Gregory, who was 46, died from a single stab wound with a machete to the chest which penetrated his heart damaging the left ventricle.

Largan was remanded into custody and will appear for sentencing on Wednesday this week (May 16).