Man pleads guilty to manslaughter of Jake Lasker
UPDATE: KYLE Mitchell Dumesny has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Jake Lasker who was killed in a stabbing attack four years ago.
Dumesny had been charged with murder in relation to the November 7, 2012 killing.
He stood in the prisoner's dock in the Toowoomba Supreme Court today for the beginning of his murder trial.
Justice Peter Lyons' associate arraigned Dumesny on one count of murder, asking him to plead guilty or not guilty. Dumesny responded "not guilty, but I plead guilty to the charge of manslaughter".
The 20-year-old was convicted on his own plea of guilty to one count of manslaughter, which Crown prosecutor Vicki Loury accepted.
Dumesny was charged with Jake's murder in May, 2015. Co-accused Max Peter Smith was sentenced to life imprisonment in November, 2014 after pleading guilty to murder.
During Smith's sentencing hearing the court heard Smith had been at Jake's house when Mrs Lasker had left to pick up another son.
While she was gone Smith, who Jake believed was his best friend, took a knife and stabbed Jake 102 times. The court heard a third teenager, Dumesny, arrived at the home shortly before the attack and had left the room when Smith motioned stabbing actions behind Jake's back as he sat on his bed playing Xbox.
After the attack Smith and Dumesny left the home leaving a neighbour, who knew Mrs Lasker was not home, to discover the crime scene.
It had been revealed during the same hearing Smith had planned the murder, with Smith saying Dumesny "seemed supportive and in on the plan" when he first raised it on November 1.
Text messages between the two were released in court, talking about how they would kill Jake. Dumesny had long maintained he thought Smith was joking.
He will be sentenced before Justice Lyons tomorrow.
EARLIER: A TOOWOOMBA man today pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Jake Lasker who was killed after being stabbed more than 100 times.
Kyle Mitchell Dumesny, 20, appeared before the Toowoomba Supreme Court to plead not guilty to a charge of murder and instead guilty to a charge of manslaughter.
The prosecution accepted his plea relating to the death of Jake Lasker which occurred on November 7, 2012 at the Lasker's family home at Rockville.
Dumesny will be sentenced by Justice Peter Lyons tomorrow morning.