The family of a teenager who died after being shot in the head at a Hope Valley property have spoken of their "life sentence" and enormous grief after the man charged over his killing pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Joseph Christopher Giglia admitted unlawfully killing 18-year-old Dale Plaziuk on May 27 last year during an appearance in the Supreme Court this morning.
Mr Plaziuk died in hospital a day after the shooting.
Outside court, Michelle Plaziuk cried as she spoke of the loss of her son.
"It has changed our world so much," Ms Plaziuk said. "It is a world we don’t want to be in. It is a world we didn’t ask for.
"When he said guilty, it was like a relief washed through me."
Supported by her sons Codey and Nikky, Ms Plaziuk said Giglia should be sentenced to life in jail.
"Because he took my boy’s life from him for no reason," she said. "Dale got the death sentence, we all got the life sentence."
Corey Plaziuk said Giglia’s plea of guilty gave the family hope of some justice over the death of his younger brother.
"Today has finally been a good day, 15 months after Joseph Giglia killed my little brother Dale," he said.
"I was afraid (Giglia) would never admit to it and would drag my brother’s name through a trial."Pre-sentence and psychological reports were ordered for Giglia’s next appearance on November 5.