Man admits killing Sunderland dad George Dagg

Stabbing victim George Dagg.
Stabbing victim George Dagg.
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A MAN has admitted he killed a dad-of-two who died after being stabbed in the street.

Jess Ryan pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of George “Geordie” Dagg, who was found injured near his Sunderland home in June.

Mr Dagg, who was 53, died in hospital less than 48 hours after he was attacked in the Plains Farm area of the city.

Jess Ryan, 24, and his brother Jack Ryan, 21, are both accused of Mr Dagg’s murder.

The siblings appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, via videolink to HMP Durham, and both pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

Jess Ryan pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Both will be tried by a jury in a case expected to last up to three weeks, which starts on December 1.

Nicholas Lumley QC told the court the manslaughter plea was not acceptable to the prosecution.

Mr Lumley said: “There will be a trial of both defendants.”

Judge James Goss QC remanded both men in custody.

The judge told them: “You, having both entered pleas of not guilty to the alleged offence of murder, your trial will take place as scheduled on December 1.

“You will be brought to court for the trial.”

Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to Mr Dagg at his funeral in June.

Around a dozen bikers joined Mr Dagg’s funeral procession as it left his home in Purley Road and made stops at the houses where his late parents and his brother lived.

The procession then travelled to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church in Springwell Road.

A huge crowd gathered for the service, with standing room only inside.

England flags bearing the words ‘Justice’, ‘Legend’ and ‘Top man’ were put on show alongside photographs of the father-of-two in the streets, with flower displays reading ‘Geordie’ and a pair of boxing gloves among those which filled the funeral car.

Father Michael McCoy told the congregation there were no words which could offer comfort following the tragic death of Mr Dagg, but said his family had wanted the funeral to be a celebration of his life.

Fr McCoy told of Mr Dagg’s passion for his job as a haulage driver, motor sport and engines, how he had trained as a boxer and his love of music.

Sharp Dressed Man by one of Mr Dagg’s favourite bands, ZZ Top, was played as he was carried from the church and then on to Bishopwearmouth Cemetery, where he was buried.

A collection, which raised £600, was held at the church in aid of Sunderland Royal’s intensive critical care unit, with a refreshments serviced at the Lakeside Club.

He was dad to Marlon and Robert and a brother to Billy, Anne, Kevin, Scott and the late Ronnie.