Thursday 23 January 2020

Two men found guilty of murder of Thomas 'Toddy' Dooley

Jury to return tomorrow to consider verdict for third man

Thomas 'Toddy' Dooley (inset)
Thomas 'Toddy' Dooley (inset)

Eoin Reynolds

Two men have been convicted of murdering a 64-year-old in his home by unanimous jury verdicts.

Sean Davy, (21), of Clonmullen Drive, Edenderry, Co Offaly and James Davy (25), of Thornhill Meadows, Celbridge, Co Kildare had pleaded not guilty to murdering Thomas 'Toddy' Dooley at Sr Senan Court in Edenderry on February 12, 2014.

A third man, Matthew Cummins (22), of Churchview Heights, Edenderry has pleaded not guilty and the jury will consider its verdict in relation to him tomorrow.

 At 4.33pm today the eight men and four women returned after just over eight hours of deliberations. The foreman confirmed that they had reached a verdict against two of the accused, which the registrar read out as "guilty".

 Justice Margaret Heneghan asked the jury not to speak to anyone else about the case and to return tomorrow morning to further consider a verdict in relation to Mr Cummins.

 Justice Heneghan has previously told the jury that there are four verdicts open to them.

They could find Mr Cummins guilty of murder, or not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter, or not guilty of murder but guilty of impeding the apprehension of an offender, or not guilty.

 She told them that the verdict of not guilty was "theoretical" and would not be logical given the evidence heard during the three-week trial.

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