A Wexford man who murdered his ex-girlfriend's partner when he should have been in jail serving a sentence for assault has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
James Connors, aged 29, of Rosemount, Drinagh, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jason Ryan, aged 27, at Hollyville Heights in Wexford on January 25, 2012. After 11 hours and 21 minutes of deliberations, the jury of seven men and five women at the Central Criminal Court found him guilty of murder by a ten to two majority.
The victim's mother Catherine Ryan wrote a victim impact statement that was read to the court by counsel for the prosecution Lisa Dempsey.
She said: 'How do you describe what it's like to have your healthy, glowing son die because of the whim of another person?'
Ms Ryan said she is lonely even when surrounded by her family and that she misses the sound of her son and his laughter. She said she is trapped in her own groundhog day and that her family can never be as they were before Jason was killed.
'I miss the devilment and miss the way he called me "mother",' she said. 'There is a hole in my life and only Jason coming back will ever fill it. But that's never going to be. Death is a very final state.'