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Family of Kevin Kenny left 'devastated' as accused cleared of murder

Robin Schiller and Anne Sharkey

Published 01/04/2015 | 14:12

Kevin Kenny
Kevin Kenny

THE family of Kevin Kenny, who was fatally stabbed in a row outside an Inchicore pub, said they are "devastated" at the outcome of his murder trial.

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Craig O'Halloran, from Heathfield, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, was yesterday found not guilty of the murder of Mr Kenny (32) at the Sarsfield Road in Ballyfermot on July 31, 2011.

The one-and-a-half week trial heard that two groups of people arrived at Ruby Finnegans pub on First Avenue in Inchicore on July 31 and that Kevin Kenny was in one group along with his brother.

Following some contact between both groups, the court heard that the two groups left the pub and a "fracas" occurred that resulted in the stabbing of Mr Kenny.

Professor of forensic medicine Jack Crane gave evidence last week that the cause of death was a stab wound to the heart.

The jury returned after more than three hours with a verdict of not guilty for Mr O'Halloran (22), who is originally from Colepark Road in Ballyfermot.

The victim's father later told the Herald that the family were broken-hearted at the outcome of the trial.

"We're devastated, the family's devastated," Mr Kenny said.

"I don't feel like talking at the moment," he added.

Throughout the one-and-a-half week trial, the jury was shown CCTV footage by Garda Sharon Duncan of a "struggle" outside Ruby Finnegans pub and, separately, the group of people gathering around Kevin Kenny after he had collapsed to the ground.

During the trial, the deceased's brother, Stephen Kenny, said that he saw Craig O'Halloran stabbing Kevin four times in the upper left part of the body.

Under cross-examination the defence put it to Mr Kenny that he had not seen the stabbing.

"I suggest to you if you had seen a stabbing in the way you say, your behaviour on CCTV doesn't fit in with that," he said.

"You would have been over at your brother."

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy exempted the jury from service for 10 years and ordered that the accused be discharged.

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