Yasim Ismael, 38, appeared in court on Friday, April 28, where he admitted to killing Beimnet Gebreab by stabbing him multiple times at the property they both lived on November 14, 2022.
The court heard that the men had been good friends and lived in a shared address on Dilston Road in Newcastle but had fallen out about a year before the altercation.
It is understood that after stabbing his victim, Ismael dialed 999 and when police arrived at the scene, they found him and a knife nearby.
Paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) tried their best to save Beimnet, but the 49-year-old sadly died as a result of his injuries.
Following the incident, Ismael was charged with murder and was remanded in custody.
He denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibiltiy - he wa remanded in custody and will be sentenced on August 21.
Speaking after the conviction, investigating officer detective inspector Tomasz Fowler said: “What is devastating about Beimnet’s death is that it was completely avoidable and his family and friends should never have had to suffer his loss.
“Using a weapon, or any kind of violence, is never the right way to resolve any form of conflict or dispute and all too often ends in tragedy.
“We hope this conviction is able to offer them some closure as they move on from this awful incident.
“Our stance is clear – violence of any kind will not be tolerated here in Northumbria and we are doing all we can to ensure offenders find themselves before the courts to be dealt with by the criminal justice system.”
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