A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to defensive homicide over a machete attack on a man in Melbourne's outer east during a 2011 neighbourhood dispute.
Boronia man Matthew Johnson, 37, suffered severe head injuries and died soon after being struck with the weapon in a Boronia driveway on August 23 last year.
An argument had broken out between the boy's father and the victim during which teenager obtained a machete and struck Mr Matthews with it.
The boy, who cannot be identified because of his age, was 14 at the time. He was originally charged with Mr Johnson's murder.
But during a brief hearing in Victoria's Supreme Court on Thursday, Justice Betty King heard the matter had been resolved into a guilty plea of defensive homicide.
Justice King extended the boy's bail due to the unusual circumstances of the case, as well as his age.
He will appear at a pre-sentence plea hearing on February 8.