Saturday 25 October 2014

Romanian man to be tried for manslaughter of teacher and publican following extradition

Published 05/06/2014 | 11:47

John Kenny (teacher Presentation College, Athenry and publican, Oughterard, Co. Galway) found dead on 26/9/11

A Romanian man who was extradited back to Ireland to face a manslaughter charge has been remanded in custody until next month.

Marian Lingurar, 37, will be tried for the manslaughter of Galway teacher and part-time publican John Kenny.

Lingurar and his co-accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are also charged with withholding information in relation to the killing of Mr Kenny.

Galway Circuit Criminal Court today heard Lingurar was due to face trial in June of last year but he and his co-accused failed to appear and bench warrants were issued for their arrest.

Lingurar was detained in Marseilles in France this week where he consented to be extradited back to Ireland.

He was transferred to Nice where he was handed into the custody of Det Sgt Fergal Kilbane of Salthill Garda Station.

Det Sgt Kilbane gave evidence before the court today of arresting the accused at Dublin airport yesterday at 4.30pm on foot of a bench warrant.

Throughout the brief hearing Lingurar was assisted by a Romanian interpreter. A large crowd of Mr Kenny’s friends and family attended court for the brief hearing including his wife Kathleen and daughter Gillian.

Judge Rory McCabe remanded the accused in custody until July 8.

Lingurar who is originally from Romania but with an address at Orchard Court, Blackpool in Cork and a minor who cannot be named for legal reasons, were due to appear in court for the hearing on June 4 last.

However, when they were called to appear before the judge officers of the court discovered they weren't present. Judge Keenan Johnson issued bench warrants for their arrest.

Mr Kenny, 56, ran the family-owned pub in Oughterard and also taught at the Presentation College in Athenry.

He was found dead in his pub on Main Street Oughterard on September 25, 2011. His hands had been tied behind his back. It is believed he died some time late on Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

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