Guilty plea over Vic homeless man's death

A Melbourne man will plead guilty to manslaughter over the death of a homeless man whose body was found on a St Kilda footpath.

David Bryan, 32, of no fixed abode, was charged with murdering homeless man David Tsernik, who was found dead on a footpath in Barkly Street on January 28.

Mr Tsernik died shortly after being dropped off in St Kilda by police, having earlier been arrested and then taken to hospital after becoming ill while in custody.

After he was discharged, police drove him to St Kilda where they tried unsuccessfully to find him temporary accommodation.

In the Victorian Supreme Court on Wednesday, Crown Prosecutor Andrew Tinney SC said the crown had accepted Bryan's plea offer before his trial which was due to begin in June.

He said the crown would seek to file a fresh indictment with one charge of manslaughter.

Justice Elizabeth Curtain asked Bryan whether he understood what was happening.

"You will plead guilty to one count of manslaughter ... Is that your understanding?" she asked.

"It is, your honour," said Bryan, who appeared in court via videolink.

Justice Curtain told Bryan he would be formally arraigned on Monday.

LATEST BLOG POSTS