Thursday 21 September 2017

Man guilty of hurley attack manslaughter

Independent.ie reporters

A 47-year-old man has been convicted of killing a Cork mother of three with a hurley at her home at Easter last year.

Meathman Derrick Daly, St Vincent's Hostel, Cork city, was cleared of murder, but convicted of the manslaughter of Catherine Smart on April 4, 2010.

It took the jury over seven hours to reach a majority verdict convicting Derrick Daly of the manslaughter of his friend and housemate, Catherine Smart.

On that Easter Sunday morning he made a 999 call to the emergency services after striking the mother of three on the head at least five times with a hurley.

He gave several accounts of having left the house early that day to visit a local supermarket and then returning about 25 minutes later to find her body.

Daly agreed he was an alcoholic, but denied that he had had a blackout on the day, or that they had been arguing.

He will be sentenced on July 18.

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