A MAN will be sentenced next month after admitting murdering his victim and leaving his body near Southampton Common.

It comes as Tommy Scott pleaded guilty to killing 66-year-old Gerald Pragnell before leaving his body in woodland off Cemetery Road, where he was found on Saturday, November 3.

The 34-year-old, of no fixed abode, appeared at Winchester Crown Court today via video link.

As previously reported, airport worker Mr Pragnell had been reported missing on November 2, having not been seen since 6.30am on Thursday, November 1.

Following the murder, Mr Pragnell's family, who were in court, paid tribute to him and said: “Dad was a loving father, grandad, partner, brother and uncle.

“He was a genuine, hard-working and caring family man who was adored by all who knew him.

“He was a natural joker who lit up the room with his mischievous sense of humour.

“We have so many stories and memories that will always remain with us and he will always be hugely missed by us all.

“Dad was taken from us much too soon and we’re devastated that he won’t be part of our future.”

Mr Pragnell, who worked for parking firm APCOA at Southampton Airport, lived on a houseboat at Shamrock Quay, near where his son has boat building business.

Judge Keith Cutler adjourned the case until February 14, when Scott will be sentenced.