A MAN has admitted killing dad-of-two Robert Smethurst at the Luxe Lounge, Bolton, last month.

At Manchester Crown Court today (Friday) Owen Greenhalgh, aged 31, of no fixed address pleaded guilty to manslaughter and causing actual bodily harm.

He denies murdering Mr Smethurst in the incident at the bar on Bradshawgate in the early hours of September 2.

Mr Smethurst, aged 36, was found unconscious at around 1.30am and was treated at the scene by police and paramedics, but died a short time later in hospital.

A provisional trial date has been set for February 28 next year and, in the meantime Greenhalgh was remanded in custody.

Following Mr Smethurst's death, his widow, Amanda, paid an emotional tribute to a "caring and doting father".

She said: "There are no words that could possibly do my husband and his legacy justice.

"First and foremost, Rob was adored by our daughters Megan, Olivia and all of their friends.

"They always said he was 'such a cool dad'. Anything they needed, he provided. Anything they were doing, he supported. He was a doting father and he was so proud of his babies.

"Rob was the most enthusiastic man with an outrageously loud laugh. Full of energy. Full of positivity. Full of fun.

"He was the life and soul of every party. His presence simply lit up the room. He was always organising good times with his family and friends - camping, caravanning and most importantly - fishing!

"Through the difficult times he was caring, supportive and inspiring. Always encouraging those around him to build them up.

"Always there to offer advice and guidance without judgement, he just wanted to help those he loved be the very best version of themselves.

"Everybody who knows Rob has a story of how he influenced them at some point in their lives. Such a selfless human. Always helping where he could and always giving what he had.

"The world is a much duller place without you in it, Rob. Anybody who knew you will understand the gut wrenching pain that is rippling through our lives.

"You worked so hard to build a life for your family to be proud of. And proud of you we are. So unbelievably proud."