Saturday 24 February 2018

Men jailed over cruel death of schoolteacher will soon be free

Killers will eventually get another shot at life but the victim's family will grieve forever, writes Emer Connolly

HE was an innocent bystander who was set upon in an senseless and cowardly attack. It lasted no more than a couple of minutes, at the end of which he lay unconscious on the street, never to recover.

Twenty-six-year-old schoolteacher Brian Casey was out enjoying the Christmas celebrations on St Stephen's night last year. He had been to a couple of pubs in Ennis with a group of friends and his girlfriend. As he walked with friends along a street shortly before midnight, some of his group got involved in verbal exchanges with another group. Mr Casey was not involved.

Then, as Mr Casey stood quietly on the street with his hands in his pockets, he was punched in the face by 30-year-old Harry Dinan.

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