A MAN has pleaded guilty to killing a Cawood mum and property developer.

Adrian Michael Rodi, 50, admitted manslaughter with diminished responsibility after Angela Rider, 51, was found dead on March 4 at a home in Chestnut Road, Cawood.

Rodi was due to stand trial for murder at Leeds Crown Court, but pleaded to the lesser charge, which was accepted by the prosecution.

He appeared in the dock flanked by three officers and wearing a light blue shirt and trousers.

He spoke only to confirm his name and was assisted by his barrister when the new plea was given.

The court heard Rodi, of Chestnut Road, Cawood, North Yorkshire, has been questioned by forensic psychiatrists who concluded his poor mental health had played a part in his actions.

He will be sentenced on November 12 when a report has been prepared by the doctors.

Kama Melly QC, prosecuting, said: "Having considered all reports in respect of Mr Rodi and having had conference with the family of the deceased, it is the view of the Crown that a plea of guilty to manslaughter with diminished responsibility is accepted by the Crown."

Judge Tom Bayliss QC said Rodi could face life in prison for the killing.

He added: "You have pleaded guilty to manslaughter and I must sentence you.

"In order to determine the sentence that I have to pass, I need to know what the opinion is of the doctors and I'm adjourning for that to be done.

"Sentence will be passed when I have that report."

Also in court were the families of Ms Rider and Rodi, who sat at opposite sides of the room.

Ms Rider attended Ladderbanks Middle School in Baildon, and then went on to Rhodesway Upper, in Allerton.

She worked at Yorkshire Building Society before she began a successful career in property developing.

She was mum to Sara, 26, and was lady captain at Rudding Park Golf Club, in Harrogate.

Tributes paid by her family after her death described her as "the most beautiful fantastic mum, a wonderful daughter and the best sister anyone could have wished for".