Friday 19 January 2018

Two youths charged with St Patrick’s Day manslaughter returned for trial


TWO youths charged with the manslaughter of a man who died after an assault in north Dublin on St Patrick’s Day last year were served with books of evidence today and returned for trial.

Joseph Connolly suffered head injuries following a row outside a pharmacy on the Ballymun Road, in Ballymun, on St Patrick's night, 2011.

The 48-year-old, who was single, and from Poppintree, in Ballymun, was found conscious by paramedics and rushed by ambulance to the Mater hospital. He was then transferred to the Beaumont hospital where his condition deteriorated overnight and he died the following afternoon.

In March, a 17-year-old schoolboy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, and Ryan Greene (19), of Knowth Court, Poppintree, were charged at the Dublin Children's Court with unlawfully killing Mr Connolly.

Detective Garda Ronan McMurrow had told the court that neither youth made a reply after they were charged.

The pair appeared again at the Children's Court today where they were served with books of evidence.

Judge Ann Ryan notified them that if they intended to use alibis in their defence they must notify the State within two weeks. She then made an order sending them forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

The pair were granted legal aid and remanded on bail with conditions that they must notify gardai if they plan to travel outside Ireland.

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