Friday 24 March 2017

Journalist's killer to be released from prison this week

Eugene Moloney
Eugene Moloney

A man who killed a journalist three years ago is due to walk free from prison this week.

The Star reports that Gary Burch (26), who attacked former Irish Independent journalist Eugene Moloney in 2012, is due to be released from prison this week having served three years in prison.

Mr Moloney was on Camden Street after a night out, just a few hundred metres from his home in Portobello, when a verbal row broke out between him and a group of younger men. CCTV footage showed Mr Burch striking Mr Moloney, who was later pronounced dead at St James’ hospital.

Mr Burch was convicted of manslaughter and received a five-and-a-half year sentence, with the final two years suspended. With the standard 25pc remission included he will be due for release this week.

Mr Moloney’s brother Sean (60) has said that he is “disgusted” with the impending release.

“My family is absolutely disgusted that this man will be back on the streets this week and can continue with his life,” Mr Moloney told the Star.

"Not only was Eugene’s life taken away in a horrific and violent way, but our family will have to live with the terrible consequences of his loss for the rest of our lives,” he said.

Eugene Moloney worked as a journalist for Independent newspapers for more than 20 years. He started with the Evening Herald in 1987 before moving to the Irish Independent.

The popular journalist was recently remembered by family and friends at a third anniversary mass.

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