Thursday 24 May 2018

Man guilty of murdering Laurence Keane (56) in 2013

The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin
The Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin

Alison O'Riordan

A Central Criminal Court jury has found a 49-year-old man guilty of murdering a Kildare man who died from severe blunt force trauma to the head.

Seamus Morgan (49) with an address at The Hollands, Athy, Co Kildare was charged with murdering Laurence Keane (56) in the town on July 19 2013.

Last week at the Central Criminal Court Mr Morgan pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Keane.

Today a jury of three men and nine women found Morgan guilty by unanimous verdict of murdering Mr Keane in Athy over two years ago. They had deliberated for a period of three hours and six minutes.

Mr Justice Robert Eagar thanked the jury for "the clarity of their concentration in the case" and the amount of "thought" they had given to it.

Mr Justice Eagar then exempted them from jury service for a period of four years.

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