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Deaf mute killer has 'a primitive personality'

A homeless deaf mute man who killed an acquaintance by knocking him under a bus has a "primitive personality" as a result of his communication difficulties, a court has heard.

A Dublin Circuit Criminal Court jury previously found Edward Connors (30) guilty following an eight-day manslaughter trial.

Eoghan Dudley (28) died from "catastrophic injuries" after going under the rear wheel of the bus on Dawson Street in 2012. Judge Patrick McCartan had adjourned the case to yesterday after asking that Connors be assessed for rehabilitation in the UK, as no such service exists in Ireland. Connors, of no fixed abode and formerly of Bearna Park, Sandyford, had pleaded not guilty.

The judge said Connors has had an appalling deck of cards dealt to him in life and society now owes him something.

Explosive

He said Connors was left unable to hear from a very young age and grew up in a family environment where there no prospect of learning of any sort.

Dr Brendan Thomas Monteiro, a consultant psychiatrist in mental health and deafness, said Connors primitive approach to life and his heroin addiction was "truly explosive".

He said those diagnosed with a primitive personality often have not acquired the skills taken for granted in hearing children and develop without any social, moral or legal boundaries.

Judge McCartan ordered that Connors be further assessed.

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