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Saturday 19 April 2014

Sentencing of man who killed journalist adjourned

Eugene Moloney
Eugene Moloney

THE sentencing of the man who killed journalist Eugene Moloney has been adjourned for two weeks as the judge considers the case.

In February Gary Burch (22), of Kennington Close, Templeogue, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the Donegal-born journalist at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

 

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said she "did not want to reach a judgement that is an injustice to anyone" and adjourned sentencing until July 2.

 

In a victim impact statement which he read out in court, Eugene Moloney's brother Sean described the death as "senseless and

unnecessary".

 

CCTV footage, played in court, showed how the 55-year-old was attacked on Camden Street while walking home in the early hours of June 24 last year.

 

Members of the Moloney family saw the former Irish Independent journalist receive a blow to the head by Gary Burch.

 

Mr Moloney was taken to St James's Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Three days later, Mr Burch was charged.

 

Counsel for the defence Mary Rose Gearty SC, had requested sentencing of the case to be delayed in February as Mr Burch completed a Fas course he was on at the time.

 

Following that request, sentencing had initially been set for June 24.

However, the family of the late Mr Moloney had asked for this date to be changed as it coincided with the first anniversary of his death.

 

Mr Moloney was a former Irish Independent journalist and had worked previously for a number of newspapers including the Evening Herald and

the Irish News.

 

Mr Burch, a trainee mechanic, had no previous convictions.

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