Thursday 23 November 2017

Melanie's family 'over the moon' as killer gets 20 years

Keith Hall pleaded guilty to teen's manslaughter

Melissa McCarthy, right, mother of Melanie McCarthy McNamara, celebrates with Melanie's grandmother Franny McNamara outside the court
Melissa McCarthy, right, mother of Melanie McCarthy McNamara, celebrates with Melanie's grandmother Franny McNamara outside the court
Jennifer Roche (front), God mother of Melanie McCarthy McNamara, with family and friends, celebrate outside the court
Jennifer Roche, godmother of Melanie McCarthy McNamara, celebrates outside the court
Melanie McCarthy McNamara
People arriving for the Melanie McNamara-McCarthy murder trial
People arriving for the Melanie McNamara-McCarthy murder trial
People arriving for the Melanie McNamara-McCarthy murder trial
Melanie McCarthy McNamara
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

THE family of a 16-year-old girl gunned down in a drive by shooting have said they are "over the moon" after her killer was jailed for 20 years.

Keith Hall (24) of Kilmartin Drive, Tallaght, Dublin, pleaded guity to the manslaughter of Melanie McCarthy McNamara who was shot as she sat in the back of her boyfriend's car on the night of February 7, 2012.

Sentencing him to 20 years at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Paul Carney said Hall would have to have been "some sort of automaton"

not to show remorse in this case.

A large group of Melanie's family and friends,including her parents Melissa and Stephen, had gathered in court for the hearing many of them wearing pink t-shirts emblazoned with photographs of the teenager.

They rose to their feet and cheered after the sentence was handed down.

Speaking outside the court, Melissa McNamara said she was "over the moon" at the sentence.

"It won't bring her back but we saw justice done today," she added.

In an emotional victim impact statement, Melanie's godmother, Jennifer Roche, said the teenager "loved life but never got the chance  to live it."

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