A 33-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a British Indian father whose body was found in the basement of a Birmingham house on New Year’s Day 2015.
Stuart Millership was due to stand trial in Wolverhampton but admitted to the killing of Baljit Singh soon after a jury was sworn in.
Mr Singh, 50, disappeared two days before Christmas last year after stepping out of his Edgbaston home to go to the shops.
His body was found on 1 January inside a house in Birmingham’s Rowley Regis area some seven miles away from his home.
Mr Singh had suffered severe head injuries and a knife wound to his neck.
Millership was arrested on New Year’s Eve on suspicion of stealing Singh’s Range Rover and charged with murder.
Entering his guilty plea, Millership’s defence lawyer Rex Tedd read out an excerpt from a document in which his client apologized to Mr Singh’s family.
It said: “I am truly sorry for the death of Baljit Singh and the anguish that this has caused his family, particularly his wife and son.
“I wish to apologise for my part in this offence and for my earlier failures to tell the truth.”