A KILLER’S cousin has admitted being part of the trouble which broke out and later ended with the death of a dad-to-be.
Steven Corbett was beaten and stamped to death by Keith Ramshaw in the bathroom of his friend’s house at Town End Farm, in September last year.
The 27-year-old was killed just a day after he told his delighted parents he was about to become a father.
Ramshaw, 30, of Bootle Street, Sunderland, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after he admitted manslaughter at a Newcastle Crown Court hearing earlier this year.
At the same court yesterday, his cousin Adele Jenkins, 21, of Drury Lane, in Sunderland’s East End, admitted affray.
The charge is not in direct connection to Mr Corbett’s death, but played a part in the events which led up to the final explosion of violence by Ramshaw.
Mr Corbett had been out with Ramshaw on the night of his death celebrating a stag night around Sunderland city centre.
It was after trouble broke out involving Jenkins and others at Passion nightclub that Mr Corbett, who had nothing to do with the row, headed back to his friend’s house where he had been invited to stay the night.
But soon after Ramshaw and Jenkins turned up at the house.
Further trouble broke out there, which ended with the fatal attack on Mr Corbett by Ramshaw.
Mr Corbett was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital then transferred to Newcastle General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Jenkins, who has no previous convictions, will be sentenced for her part in the trouble next month.
Judge John Milford granted her conditional bail and gave no indication what the likely sentence would be.
Mr Corbett’s son was born in February this year and his family say he is the “one thing” that has helped them cope after the tragedy.