Tuesday 21 November 2017

Widow screams as axe killer gets nine years in jail

Lisa Nevin pictured outside the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Photo: Collins Courts
Lisa Nevin pictured outside the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Photo: Collins Courts

Eoin Reynolds

The wife of a man who was beaten to death with an axe had to be removed from court as his killer was sentenced to nine years in prison.

On hearing the sentence handed down by Justice Patrick McCarthy at the Central Criminal Court, Lisa Nevin became emotional and began screaming.

"Nine years, and I never get to see his face again," she said.

At a trial last month, Wayne Cluskey (25), from Mooretown, Ratoath, Co Meath, was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter for killing Christopher Nevin outside a house on Tailteann Road in Navan on November 19, 2015.

His co-accused Josh Turner (24), also from Mooretown, Ratoath, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life.

During the trial, it emerged that the fight happened after Turner loaned Mr Nevin a male chihuahua to breed with three female chihuahuas.

When only one of the dogs got pregnant, there was a dispute over how much money Mr Nevin would have to pay to Turner.

Justice McCarthy said the appropriate sentence for what Cluskey did would be 12 years - but he was reducing it to nine having taken into account his offer of a plea of guilty to manslaughter before the trial.

Confrontation

He said the jury's decision meant that they accepted that Cluskey believed he was using reasonable force in self-defence when he took an axe from the back of his car and ran into Christopher Nevin.

He said CCTV footage shown to the trial showed that there was a confrontation between Turner and Mr Nevin. Mr Nevin was holding a hatchet and shouting at Turner.

However, Justice McCarthy said there was no need for Cluskey's intervention because there was some distance between Turner and the deceased.

The sentence was backdated to November 23, 2015 which was the date when Cluskey first went into custody.

Irish Independent

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