Monday 23 April 2018

Court scuffles as third man guilty of baseball bat killing

Matthew Cummins: guilty verdict on murder charge. Photograph: James Flynn/APX
Matthew Cummins: guilty verdict on murder charge. Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Eoin Reynolds

A third man has been convicted of the murder of a 64-year-old man who was beaten to death with a baseball bat in his own home.

Matthew Cummins (22) of Churchview Heights, Edenderry, Co Offaly, and his co-accused Sean Davy (21) of Clonmullen Drive, Edenderry, and James Davy (25) of Thornhill Meadows, Celbridge, Co Kildare, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas 'Toddy' Dooley at St Senan Court in Edenderry on February 12, 2014.

Jurors at the Central Criminal Court found cousins Sean and James Davy guilty on Thursday and yesterday they returned a guilty verdict for Cummins.

They had spent a total of nine hours and 49 minutes considering the decisions after a three-week trial.

The three men face mandatory life sentences but Justice Margaret Heneghan postponed sentencing until October 10.

She ordered an education and urine analysis report for Matthew Cummins and a psychiatric report for James Davy to be made available on that date.

She remanded all three in custody at Cloverhill Prison.

There was a scuffle between prison guards and Matthew Cummins as the convicted man was led away.

Mr Dooley (64) was found slumped in an armchair at St Senan Court in Edenderry on February 16, 2014 - four days after his death.

A post mortem examination revealed that he had suffered injuries to his upper body and head.

The trial heard Sean Davy and James Davy had met in Mangan's Pub on the evening of February 11 where they drank several pints. James Davy was carrying a baseball bat.

At around 9.30pm they went to a house party. Matthew Cummins joined them about 11pm.

The three men were ejected from the party after 5am and made their way to Mr Dooley's house. where they climbed in through a window.

State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy gave an indication of the brutality of the attack on Mr Dooley.

She found eight blows to his head which had shattered his skull, disfiguring his face and leaving fragments of bone lodged in his brain.

Irish Independent

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