Tuesday 24 April 2018

Mechanic jailed for five years for ‘unnecessary’ killing of journalist

Gary Burch
Gary Burch
Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

A MAN has been sentenced to five and a half years for killing journalist Eugene Moloney.

Gary Burch (22), of Kennington Close, Templeogue, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty in February to the manslaughter of the reporter.

The former Irish Independent journalist’s brother Sean described the death as “senseless and unnecessary”.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said the release of people onto the streets at the same time of night was a "recipe for disaster."  The judge suspended the last two years and bound him to keep the peace.

Donegal-born Mr Moloney could be seen in CCTV footage receiving a blow to the head as he walked along Camden Street in the early hours of June 24 last year.

He was taken to hospital but pronounced dead.

Counsel for Burch had requested the sentencing be delayed to allow him complete a FAS course.

Mr Moloney was a former Irish Independent journalist and had worked previously for a number of newspapers including the Evening Herald and the Irish News.

Trainee mechanic Burch had no previous convictions.

After the sentencing, his brother Sean Moloney said the sentence was as "much as we could hope for" within the sentencing framework.

However, he said the sentencing for such crimes "needs rethinking" to act as a serious deterrent.

"He was a larger than life man, he was a giant of a man. He is just not there. How do you deal with that," he said.

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