Wednesday 21 March 2018

Former garda accused of killing 'drunk' man claims he was defending himself after anti-Irish slur

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A former garda accused of causing fatal brain injuries to a drunk man in an attack has claimed he was defending himself after being called a "big Irish bastard".

Oliver Hurley (64) claims he only gave Manolito Chando (56) a "tiny push" as he was blocking the doors of an elevator after threatening him at a Salvation Army hostel in London, the Irish Daily Star reports.

The defendant is currently representing himself at the Old Bailey in London.

The court heard the alleged victim was drunk and unsteady on his feet when the former garda violently pushed him out of a lift at around 8pm on March 24 last year.

Hurley, from Co Wicklow, denies manslaughter and handed himself into gardai last year after his image appeared on RTE’s Crimecall.

He presented himself at Greystones Garda Station hours after gardai made the TV appeal.

He was subsequently extradited to the UK.

The former garda told jurors he is a Christian pacifist whose only dream is to live on the sea.

Hurley said that before the altercation he was playing Irish love songs in a bid to make a calmer atmosphere at the hostel where the attack happened.

The trial continues.

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