Saturday 26 May 2018

Man insane when he strangled brother with bungee cord

Declan O Cualain. Photo: Andrew Downes.
Declan O Cualain. Photo: Andrew Downes. Newsdesk Newsdesk

A man who strangled his brother with a bungee cord before hiding his body in a pit by the Cliffs of Moher has been found not guilty of his murder by reason of insanity.

Declan O Cualain (41) with an address at An Caoran Beag, An Cheathru Rua, Co Galway was charged with murdering Adrian Folan (O'Cualain).

At the Central Criminal Court Mr O Cualain pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to murdern at Lislorkin North, Liscannor, Co Clare on July 4, 2014.

Prosecution Counsel, Anthony Sammon SC, said the accused was "fixated with paedophilia" and held the baseless delusion his brother was a person "afflicted with this difficulty".

After a period of just 21 minutes deliberating, the jury returned their verdict

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan committed Mr O Cualain to the Central Mental Hospital, to be brought before the court on Thursday May 5.

Irish Independent

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