Thursday 29 June 2017

Student to stand trial for manslaughter of schoolboy Oisin (13)

Oisín died after the incident at St Michael’s College, Enniskillen, in February 2015.
Oisín died after the incident at St Michael’s College, Enniskillen, in February 2015.

Michael Donnelly

A 19-year-old student is to stand trial for the manslaughter of schoolboy Oisín McGrath who died after a playground incident.

Francis McDermott, of Camphill Park, Newtownbutler, Enniskillen, appeared before Fermanagh Magistrates Court yesterday where he was returned for trial accused of unlawfully killing the 13-year-old boy.

Oisín died after the incident at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, on February 9, 2015.

Members of the McGrath family, including parents Nigel and Sharon, were in the Enniskillen court for the short preliminary enquiry, after which District Judge Peter King said he was "satisfied" McDermott, a first-year university student, had a case to answer.

Beforehand, defending solicitor Myles McManus told the court he was "specifically instructed on behalf of the defendant to express his continuing sympathy to the family of the deceased".

McDermott was released on his own bail of £500 for arraignment before Dungannon Crown Court next month.

Irish Independent

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