Man gets four years for not helping pub death probe
A man who denied the manslaughter of a teacher and publican whose body was found bound and gagged in his own pub was yesterday sentenced to four years in prison for withholding information.
Father-of-two Marian Lingurar had gone on trial in February charged with the unlawful killing of John Kenny.
Mr Kenny (56) died at his pub on Main Street, Oughterard, in the early hours of Sunday, September 25, 2011.
The late Mr Kenny had also been a school teacher in Presentation College, Athenry.
Shortly after the trial began, the DPP withdrew the manslaughter charge and accepted a plea to the lesser charge of withholding information during the Garda investigation.
John Jordan SC, defending, said Lingurar (39) - with a former address in Loughgeorge, Claregalway, Co Galway - was afraid of the people involved in the actual assault on Mr Kenny.
Judge Rory McCabe said the charge carried a maximum five-year sentence but, given the plea, a four-year sentence was appropriate.
He backdated the sentence to December 2 last year, the date the matter first came before the court for trial.
Another Romanian national, Florin Fitzpatrick, is serving a five-year sentence, having also been convicted of withholding information during the Garda investigation.