Friday 15 December 2017

Man who left friend dead in pool of blood jailed for six yearsJohn O'Driscoll: killer

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A MAN who left his friend in a pool of blood is beginning a six-year prison sentence for manslaughter.

Don Geasley's badly beaten body was found face down in his rented house at Lower Massey Town, Macroom, Co Cork, on September 15 last year.

The court heard that Mr Geasley, an unemployed painter, had rung 999 at 2.25am but the garda had not been able to understand what he was saying.

John O'Driscoll, from Dan Corkery Place, Macroom, Co Cork, was jailed for his unlawful killing at Cork Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.

Judge Sean O'Donabhain said: "There is no doubt that the deceased suffered an appalling death, having been beaten and then abandoned.

The court heard that O'Driscoll and Mr Geasley were drinking together throughout the previous day. When the 999 call was received, the caller was intoxicated and the garda "found it difficult to hear what he was saying".

During this call a second man could be heard calling Mr Geasley "a rat". At one point this second man took the phone and told the garda that they were just having a "few drinks" and that everything was okay.

The following morning, the landlord of the house visited the premises to fix a washing machine, where he found Mr Geasley's body.

A post-mortem examination found that the dead man had suffered multiple blows to the head and died because of these injuries.

Investigators found evidence that Mr Geasley was alive "when dragged out to the back yard".

Gardai suspected O'Driscoll but he had left for Britain. He returned to Macroom and attended the local garda station, where he was arrested.

Sergeant Alec Butler told the court that the accused did not co-operate with the investigation and refused to answer any questions.

Fingerprint

Later a forensic examination of the house and Mr Geasley's body found a blood-stained fingerprint linked to O'Driscoll. He was rearrested and subsequently charged.

The court heard that O'Driscoll had 78 previous convictions, a number of which were for violent assault, and one incident related to violent disorder.

Sgt Butler said Mr Geasley was a "very quiet man" but O'Driscoll could be violent when drunk.

Irish Independent

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