Friday 6 December 2019

Slain father's teeth were knocked out, pub murder trial is told

A deceased father-of-four was found with seven teeth knocked out, two of which were recovered from his airways and thorax, a murder trial heard. (stock photo)
A deceased father-of-four was found with seven teeth knocked out, two of which were recovered from his airways and thorax, a murder trial heard. (stock photo)

Ralph Riegel

A deceased father-of-four was found with seven teeth knocked out, two of which were recovered from his airways and thorax, a murder trial heard.

The revelation came as Michael Dineen (28) denied the murder of Patrick 'Ginty' O'Donnell (36) at Willie Andie's Pub in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, last year.

Mr Dineen, of Ard Mhuileann, Mitchelstown, Co Cork, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the father-of-four on June 1, 2018 at New Square in the town.

The trial, before Mr Justice Alexander Owens and a jury of seven men and five women, was told by Tim O'Leary SC, for the State, that it will be alleged the defendant, after the incident, walked down the Main Street of the north Cork town shouting: "I am the King of Mitchelstown."

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Defence counsel, Brendan Grehan SC said his client was admitting the manslaughter or unlawful killing of Mr O'Donnell. However, he has denied murder.

He said issues including provocation and intent would feature in the case.

The trial viewed over an hour of CCTV security camera footage taken by gardaí from Willie Andie's Pub as well as other premises along New Square on June 1.

More than 100 hours of footage was harvested by gardaí from pubs, banks and shops in Mitchelstown as part of their investigation.

In the footage, the defendant is seen interacting and chatting with the deceased in the pub over the course of the evening.

Det Garda David Barry confirmed that in one part of the footage: "The accused is hugging the deceased."

At another point, the defendant takes off his shirt and leaves the pub bare-chested. He is later seen kneeling on the pavement outside the pub.

Minutes later, he is seen walking up the middle of the road with his shirt off and with both hands raised to the sky.

The jury was told in opening arguments that Patrick 'Ginty' O'Donnell had been drinking in the pub since lunchtime on June 1.

The defendant came into the premises later in the day. Both men were known to each other.

Mr O'Leary said that sometime around 10pm an incident occurred.

It is the prosecution's case that Mr O'Donnell was dragged down to the floor where a violent assault then took place.

"That assault leads to the death of Mr O'Donnell and it happens on the pub floor," Mr O'Leary said.

"There were seven teeth knocked out of Mr O'Donnell - two of which end up in internal parts of his body - one in his thorax, one in his airways.

"It takes considerable force to knock out someone's teeth."

It is the State's case that the assault continued even after Mr O'Donnell became unresponsive.

The case, which is expected to last two weeks, continues.

Irish Independent

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