Barry Duggan and Abigail Rieley
THE family of a man who was stabbed to death in his home two years ago said the dead man would always be in their thoughts and prayers after a student was found guilty of his manslaughter.
At the Central Criminal Court, a jury found murder-accused Joseph 'Jody' Buston (21) of Towerfield, Croom, Co Limerick, guilty of the manslaughter of Liam O'Donovan at St Senan's Terrace in the village on November 4, 2006.
An emotional Vincent O'Donovan paid tribute to his dead brother, saying: "We have lost a brother, an uncle and a friend and nothing can ever bring Liam back. He will forever be in our thoughts and prayers".
The jury heard that Buston, then a fifth-year student at Colaiste Ciaran, Croom ended up back in the village after a night of drinking, at 4am.
He had quarrelled with his girlfriend after kissing another girl in a nightclub.
He climbed onto the roof of her home in the village, but was persuaded by her brother to get down.
He then entered the house on St Senan's Terrace. Mr O'Donovan woke up and confronted him. There was a struggle.
Buston told gardai he grabbed a knife from the kitchen draining board, but just wanted to get away. He stabbed Mr O'Donovan once through the heart.
Buston was remanded by Mr Justice Paul Carney.