Saturday 25 November 2017

Man admits killing former rugby captain Cathal Sweeney (62), pleads not guilty to murder

Gardai at the scene in Terenure, Dublin; Inset: Cathal Sweeney in his rugby days
Gardai at the scene in Terenure, Dublin; Inset: Cathal Sweeney in his rugby days

Natasha Reid

A 34-year-old Dublin man has admitted killing a 62-year-old at a flat in the city three years ago.

Gary Walsh, with an address at The Watercourse, Orwell Park, Templeogue, is accused of murdering Cathal Sweeney on 8th February 2014.

He was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this morning, charged with murdering Mr Sweeney in Ashdale Gardens, Terenure.

He pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter. However, this was not acceptable to the state.

A jury of six women and six men was empanelled to hear his trial, which is due to open this afternoon.

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