Nicola Furlong: Family seek justice for uncle (40) killed at nightclub
Inquest finds dad of three was ‘killed unlawfully’
THE family of murdered Wexford student Nicola Furlong have called for justice for her uncle after an inquest found that he died as a result of unlawful killing.
James (Jim) Doyle (40), from Clonsilla, Gorey, Co Wexford, was killed when he sustained massive head injuries after he was attacked by three men outside a nightclub in the early hours of November 14, 2009.
The father of three had been trying to help his cousin at the time.
The inquest into his death came just three weeks after Ms Furlong was brutally murdered in a Tokyo hotel room.
Mr Doyle was the brother of Nicola's mother, Angela Doyle, who attended yesterday's inquest.
Dublin Coroner's Court heard that James Doyle's second cousin Neil Doyle had been involved in a minor pushing incident with another man in the Malibu Beach Nightclub in Gorey earlier that night.
Neil Doyle had been drinking since 4pm after a tragedy involving a friend. He met James Doyle when the nightclub closed and they walked part of the way home together.
Neil Doyle told the court that he was then assaulted. He went back down to the nightclub and James tried to walk him back home again. However, as the two men walked up the street words were exchanged with Neil's attacker and two other men and a fight ensued.
Bystander Liz Byrne said that James Doyle had fought back but was knocked to the ground where she saw him being kicked. When she went to help him, his eyes were open but he was not responsive.
Paramedics took Mr Doyle to Wexford General Hospital. He was transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin where he was in a drug-induced coma for two days before he died as a result of his injuries on November 16, 2009.
Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar found that Mr Doyle's skull had been fractured, with bleeding both inside and outside the brain.
The injuries were caused by a blunt-force trauma and would be consistent with a significant impact to the back of the head on falling backwards.
Detective Sergeant Murth Whelan told the court that two of the three men involved in the fight had admitted punching Mr Doyle on the head.
Both were among three men charged and convicted of affray at Wexford Circuit Criminal Court in relation to the incident, he said.
Both men, who are non-nationals, are no longer in the jurisdiction, he said.
The jury returned a verdict of death by unlawful killing.
Speaking outside the court, Mr Doyle's sister, Elizabeth Larkin, called on the DPP to revisit the case, saying that the family had not seen justice.
"Jim's life is gone, our brother is gone, the father of three children is gone. He didn't see them growing up. He didn't see his little girl's Holy Communion or his boy's Confirmation or go to see their football matches," she said.