Tuesday 21 October 2014

Homeless mute man who killed another by knocking him under a Dublin Bus threatened two others with syringes, court hears

Published 04/07/2014 | 14:52

Edward Connors (inset right) was found guilty of the manslaughter of Eoghan Dudley (inset left), who died after being knocked under a bus.

A man facing who killed an acquaintance by knocking him under a Dublin Bus threatened two other people with syringes in the preceding months, a court has heard.

Last May a Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury found Edward Connors (30) guilty of unlawfully killing Eoghan Dudley (28) by causing him to fall under the bus on Dawson Street two years ago.

Today Judge Patrick McCartan heard evidence of two further incidents which involved Connors, a deaf mute, using a syringe to intimidate his victims.

The judge will impose sentence on all matters next October. He has previously indicated that, because of Connors’ condition, he will impose a non-custodial sentence if a suitable alternative to prison can be found.

Connors of no fixed abode and formerly of Bearna Park, Sandyford, pleaded guilty to two counts of using a syringe to cause injury or threaten to cause injury at Balally Shopping Centre, Sandyford on May 17, 2012 and at Lotts Lane on August 18, 2012.

Garda Suzanne Rooney told prosecuting counsel Martina Baxter BL that Connors entered Supervalu in Balally Shopping Centre and began knocking products off the shelves.

The security guards approached him and told him to leave because he was banned from the store. Connors then took a syringe from his pocket and tried to stab one of the guards.

The guard fell back and Connors fled. Gardaí later found him in Sandyford carrying a set of golf-clubs which the court heard he had stolen.

When Connors was charged he made various excuses including telling gardaí that he was in custody at the time and that it was his brother in Supervalu.

Three months later Sean Kelly was in Dublin city centre visiting a friend when he turned his car onto Lotts Lane and saw Connors and another man crouched down behind a bin.

When Connors saw Mr Kelly he ran at his car with the syringe. The victim said he was shouting and screaming and “looked like a man possessed.” Mr Kelly fled and alerted two gardaí who found Connors in the same place taking heroin.

Gda Aideen Prenderville agreed that it was likely Connors lunged at Mr Kelly because he had interrupted him while he was injecting heroin.

Connors denied threatening the victim and told gardaí: “I didn’t do it, I swear on my family’s life. All I did was shoot up.”

Defence counsel Keith Spencer BL asked Judge McCartan to consider the various reports on his client with have already been prepared in advance of his manslaughter sentencing.

The judge said he will be guided by the Probation Service when he imposes sentence in October.

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