A MAN has admitted killing his boss but denies murder.

David Browning pleaded not guilty to the murder of his University of Brighton boss Jillian Howell in October last year.

The 51-year-old, who worked under Ms Howell in the payroll department, appeared at Lewes Crown Court via video link today.

He admitted manslaughter by diminished responsibility after facing allegations he stabbed Ms Howell to death at her home in Sandgate Road, Brighton, on October 25.

Dressed in a grey tracksuit, Browning, of Willow Drive in Seaford, watched and listened to the proceedings from Lewes Prison before speaking to confirm his identity and enter his plea.

He was previously charged with possession of a bladed article and has not yet been asked to enter a plea on this count.

Graham Trembath QC, defending, told the court the case was "complex and unusual".

Judge Christine Laing QC told Browning his trial was fixed for April 23.

She added: "Do you understand what I have said?"

Browning replied: "Yes, I think so."