TWO women have admitted being involved in the killing of a 60-year-old man in an apartment in Waterford last year while another man has gone on trial for murder.
Michelle Hynes (40) of no fixed abode and Johanna Kelly (39) of no fixed abode both pleaded guilty this morning (Wednesday) at the Central Criminal Court in Waterford to the manslaughter of Joe O’Brien (60).
Mr O’Brien died after an incident at Apartment 1, Scotch Marsh, William Street, Waterford city on April 23 of last year.
Patrick Keating (49), formely of Moyne House, Grattan Quay, Waterford, pleaded not guilty in court to Mr O’Brien’s murder but said he was guilty of manslaughter.
John O’Kelly SC, prosecuting, said this plea was not acceptable to the state. A jury has been sworn in to try Patrick Keating on the murder charge.
The court heard there will be evidence from the owner of the apartment where Mr O’Brien died as well as from gardaí, the deputy state pathologist, experts from the forensic science laboratory and medical witnesses.
Psychiatric and probation reports have been ordered in relation to Ms Hynes and Ms Kelly and both have been remanded in custody for sentencing on the manslaughter charges to the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on December 9 next.
All three accused have been in custody since being charged in relation to Mr O’Brien’s death last year.