Grant Allen Q Oldfield could barely be heard as he was asked how he pleaded to the charge of murder.
“Guilty,” he said softly in the ACT Supreme Court on Friday (2 August).
Oldfield had previously been committed to stand trial over the death of Kambah resident Douglas Arthur Creek.
The 68-year-old had been found dead by police inside his home on 23 January 2022 after officers said he couldn’t be contacted.
Police said they had been called to the home at 1:30 am the previous day following reports of a disturbance.
There they found Mr Creek with head injuries and took him to hospital.
Mr Creek checked himself out at about 12:25 pm and was seen alive at home by neighbours that afternoon.
Oldfield had previously pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, and his trial was set to begin on 5 December.
However, this new plea was entered following a criminal case conference.
His trial date has now been vacated, with Oldfield’s matter next scheduled to be heard in court on 15 September.
Associate Justice Verity McWilliam ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared for the next hearing.