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I wish I was there to save him

GRENAGH MAN REVEALS PAIN OF FINDING HIS BROTHER DEAD

Published 29/11/2012 | 08:58

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A Mid- Cork man has spoken of his grief and anger at the death of his only brother after the man accused of his killing was found unanimously guilty of murder by a jury. "I wish I was there to save him". Those were the words of Dermot Healy (pictured) from Grenagh, who broke down as he spoke of the impact he felt at the murder of his brother, Michael, in his home in 2010.

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"The last image in my mind was seeing my brother being removed from his flat in a coffin and never to see his face again," said Mr Healy reading his Victim Impact Statement. "I have regrets that I was never able to hold him and this makes me feel very sad and this has changed my life forever." A Mid- Cork man has spoken of his grief and anger at the death of his only brother after the man accused of his killing was found unanimously guilty of murder by a jury.

Dermot Healy from Grenagh broke down as he spoke of the impact he felt at the death of his brother, Michael who was found dead in his flat at St Lukes in Cork on September 22, 2010.

Dermot found Michael's beaten and bloodied body when he went to his bedsit at No 3 Rocksprings Tce, St Lukes after he became concerned for his brother who was a diabetic.

"The last image in my mind was seeing my brother being removed from his flat in a coffin and never to see his face again," said Mr Healy reading his Victim Impact Statement.

"I have regrets that I was never able to hold him and this makes me feel very sad and this has changed my life forever.

"Since this happened I have visited my parents' and brother's grave, they are all buried together and and it is my only way to have a chat and say a prayer.

"What he must have suffered doesn't bear thinking about. I wish I was there to save him…, "said Mr Healy as he fought back tears.

"There was only myself and Mike in the family and life is now so sad and empty. His death is now with me every minute and hour of the day and night."

Mr Healy was speaking after a jury at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork took just 1 hour and 31 minutes to find Lloyd Buckley (40) guilty of Michael Healy's murder.

Buckley with an address at Flat F, No 3 Rocksprings Tce, St Lukes had denied the murder but admitted the manslaughter of Michael Healy in Flat G in the same building.

Buckley, who had lived in the flat for over a decade and knew Michael Healy well, wrote a letter to Dermot Healy apologising for killing the separated father of two.

'I wish to say how sorry I am for putting you all through so much pain caused by my actions in September 2010 I am deeply sorry for being responsible for the loss of a very special person in your lives ... I hope that someday you may be able to believe that I never meant to hurt Michael in any way,' Buckley wrote.

Mr Justice Paul Carney sentenced Buckley to the mandatory term of life imprisonment and backdated it to September 23, 2010 when he was first taken into custody.

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