A disabled grandfather has pleaded guilty to killing the 78-year-old brother of Hollywood actress Deborah Kerr.
Eugene Warwood (55) has admitted the manslaughter of retired journalist Edmund Trimmer, who died following a road rage dispute in the street outside a post office in south Birmingham last year.
Warwood, from Salop Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, was due to go on trial at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday, accused of the former newsman's murder.
He had denied the murder charge at an earlier hearing but the Crown accepted his plea to the lesser charge.
Prosecutor Timothy Raggatt QC told the court Warwood had intended to assault Mr Trimmer, who he knew to be elderly, and "left him to his fate" after dealing him a " significant injury".
The defendant was " reckless" as to the consequences of his actions, he added.
Exact details of the incident were not outlined in court.
Warwood, who uses two walking sticks, spoke only to confirm his name and enter his plea at the hearing before the Recorder of Birmingham, Judge John Saunders QC.
He was given conditional bail and the case was adjourned to a date to be fixed pending psychiatric and presentence reports.
Mr Trimmer, known as Ted, died in Selly Oak Hospital from a suspected brain haemorrhage on August 23, 2004, after suffering head injuries in the assault outside a post office in West Heath.
He never regained consciousness following the attack and it is believed that the brain injury was caused by a single punch which also broke his jaw.
The married pensioner, of Wychall Park Grove, Kings Norton, had worked in Fleet Street and for HTV, ATV and Central TV in a career which spanned three decades, before retiring in 1989.
Three-times married Mr Trimmer continued to follow his other passion, golf, even though back problems forced him to give up playing. Three months before the attack he had suffered a heart attack, from which he made a complete recovery.
It is believed the pensioner had driven in his red Rover to the post office on the corner of Middlemore Road and West Heath Road, about half a mile from his house, to send a thank you card to a friend on the day of the incident.
Mr Trimmer, who was known as Ted and described by colleagues as "a gentleman", did not boast about his relationship with his screen star sister, or see her very often, but the two are believed to have kept in touch regularly. He was the younger brother of 83-year-old Miss Kerr.
One of the most popular stars of the 1950s, Kerr came to fame in the 1941 films Major Barbara and Love On The Dole. The Oscar-nominated actress, who lives in Switzerland and is battling Parkinson's disease, also starred in From Here To Eternity with Burt Lancaster and The King and I with Yul Brynner.