Saturday 14 December 2019

Dad furious at seven-year sentence for son's killer

Barry Duggan

THE father of a man who was brutally beaten to death lashed out last night at the "unjust" seven-year jail sentence handed down to his son's killer.

Joe Ryan spoke out after Tony O'Brien (27), of Baker Place, Limerick, was sentenced by Judge Carroll Moran for the manslaughter of Keith Ryan (23) at Fernbank, O'Callaghan Strand, Limerick, on May 25, 2006.

He choked to death on his own blood after apparently being stamped, punched and kicked in the head by three assailants. Keith, from Farranshone, Limerick, died two days before his 24th birthday.

Mr Ryan said: "There was no justice done in there. We are shocked with the verdict."

Earlier this week, O'Brien asked to be re-arraigned and pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Limerick Circuit Criminal Court. At a previous trial in 2007, he denied manslaughter, but was found guilty and sentenced to 10 years in jail.

However, last November, the Court of Criminal Appeal ruled the conviction unsafe and a retrial was also ordered.

Another man, Thomas Ryan of Shanabooly Road, Ballynanty, who admitted Ryan's manslaughter, received a seven- year sentence in 2007.

Judge Moran said the incident was a savage assault and Mr Ryan was not in a position to defend himself. But he said credit should be given for O'Brien's time served in jail.

Irish Independent

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