Wednesday 17 January 2018

Council takes convicted killer to court in bid to evict him from house

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Gordon Deegan

Clare County Council is seeking to evict a convicted killer of a school teacher from a council house in Ennis.

On December 26, 2009, Lissycasey school teacher Brian Casey (26) died after being the victim of a brutal assault by Harry Dinan (36) and his nephew Kevin Dinan (29).

Mr Justice Liam McKenchie said Mr Casey was a "totally innocent bystander in the unprovoked assault" and was caught off guard by a severe 'haymaker' punch inflicted by Harry Dinan.

The blow broke Mr Casey's jaw in two places and the Lissycasey man fractured his skull on impact with the ground.

The court heard Kevin Dinan punched Mr Casey repeatedly to the face and head while he lay on the ground. He never regained consciousness and died two days later.

Harry Dinan was jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to manslaughter and was released from prison in November 2015. Mr Dinan's parents died within two months of each other in late 2016 and Mr Dinan remains at the Dinan council-owned property at Waterpark Heights, Ennis, in spite of a council request on him to vacate the property.

Now, after Mr Dinan's refusal to leave, the council has gone to Ennis District Court in a bid to evict him.

Solicitor for the council Marina Keane told Judge Patrick Durcan that in order for a relative to remain in a council property after a death, they must have been living in the property for two years prior to the death. She said that this is clearly not the case as Mr Dinan was released from prison in November 2015.

Judge Durcan said he wanted to see the address that appeared on Mr Dinan's charge sheet when he was first charged in relation to the unlawful death case and adjourned the case to Ennis District Court tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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