Killer gets 12 years for horrific shooting of innocent dad
Published 25/11/2011 | 05:00
THE family of a man accidentally shot dead after intervening in a gang confrontation will be most deeply missed over Christmas, his father said last night.
Wayne Doherty, a father-of-two, was killed in a "criminal and dangerous manslaughter", the Central Criminal Court heard yesterday.
Robert Egan (27) has been jailed for 12 years for manslaughter.
Mr Doherty's father, John, said last night each Christmas since his 32-year-old son's death have been the hardest of times to deal with.
"He was always present at family occasions. At Christmas time, that's when we really feel it," Mr Doherty told the Irish Independent.
"There was usually a family event here and all the kids and all my grandchildren would gather here.
"He's missed, very much so in that respect."
Mr Doherty, a bread delivery man, was killed with a shotgun outside his parents' home as he attempted to stop a dispute involving his friends and a group of men late on the night of July 4, 2009.
Mr Doherty was not the intended target of the attack.
Egan, of Dromheath Avenue, Mulhuddart, Dublin, was planning to shoot his neighbour Robert Hughes in the leg following a dispute earlier in the day at a christening in a pub in Clonee.
He pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Doherty but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on day three of the trial.
He also pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a shotgun for which he was given a five-year sentence to run concurrently. Three years of the sentence were suspended.
Yesterday Mr Doherty's widow Karen (31) said after the sentence was handed down that "no one should be made suffer" what her family is suffering with the loss of Wayne.
"The grief and pain will always be with us. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time," she said.
Egan shot Mr Doherty in a "criminal and dangerous manslaughter", Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said.
"Accidents don't happen, they are caused," he added.
John Doherty said that he hoped Egan would be rehabilitated during his time in prison.
"The judge was fair in his comments -- he was bound by the rules.
"I hope the judge was right in that this man can come out and play a role in society when he's released. I'd hope that anyone could be rehabilitated," he said.
Remembering his son, he said that Mr Doherty was a family man who was devoted to his children. "He loved boxing but that went when he met his wife Karen."
He said that Christopher (12) and Johanna (7) still ask about their father.
"Christopher was involved in boxing, but that just kind of went when his daddy died."
Egan's defending counsel Michael O'Higgins requested that Egan not serve his sentence in Mountjoy Prison for fears for his safety.
Following the killing, Egan fled to Belfast where he managed to get a flight to Turkey.
He contacted gardai on May 8, 2010 to indicate he wanted to come home to face charges.