Guilty of manslaughter - face of man who stabbed friend 17 times in drunken rage
A Dublin man has been found guilty of the manslaughter of archaeologist Emmet Connolly in Co Cavan 18 months ago.
Kevin Moran (30), of Lodge View, Cootehill, Co Cavan, but originally from Shankill in Dublin, pleaded not guilty to murder but "guilty of manslaughter" before the Central Criminal Court.
This plea was not accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Emmet Connolly (32) was stabbed 17 times following a "drink-fuelled" argument at Lodge View, Cootehill, on Sunday, September 29, 2013.
Mr Connolly, from Rockcorry, Co Monaghan, recently returned to Ireland after 18 months in Australia and had been socialising in Cootehill, Co Cavan, on the Saturday when he went to a house at Lodge View estate.
The jury of seven men and five women previously heard evidence that Moran told gardai in an interview that he panicked and stabbed the deceased after a fight, but later told them he had stabbed Mr Connolly in a "rage".
According to Moran's statement at the time, a row had developed between him and Mr Connolly.
Moran told gardai that Mr Connolly wanted drugs but none were obtained.
The court heard that Mr Connolly was single and had lived with his family. He had graduated from NUI Galway and had recently returned from Australia.
Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis gave evidence to the court last week, where he outlined the extent of the 17 stab wounds inflicted on Emmet Connolly.
When Dr Curtis arrived at the scene at 2.45pm on Sunday, September 29, there no sign of life to be found from Emmet Connolly who he observed sitting on a plastic bag and up against a freezer "which bore blood stains".
Sitting in a crouched position, Emmet Connolly was beside a sliding back patio door leading into the back garden.
Mr Curtis told the court last week that a seven-inch knife with a black handle with a distortion to the tip was found on the drain of the kitchen sink.
The post mortem conducted by Dr Curtis found that the majority of the wounds to Emmet Connolly were to his left collar bone, his front left shoulder region, his left upper arm and left upper back.
Dr Curtis stated to the court last week that the cause of death of Emmet Connolly was from "multiple stab wounds" and there was no wounds to his stomach, as initially implied by Kevin Moran.
Mr Justice Paul Carney asked the jury to consider another partial defence, provocation, which can also reduce the charge of murder to manslaughter.
The jury began deliberations last Friday afternoon and after deliberating for a further 28 minutes yesterday found Moran not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter, by a majority verdict of 10 to two.
Widowed father-of-three Moran will be remanded in custody until March 9 for sentencing. Judge Carney thanked the jury and excused them from jury service for the rest of their lives.