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Thursday 29 September 2016

Killer sentenced to 12 years for stabbing archeologist 17 times

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Kevin Moran was sentenced to twelve years in prison
Kevin Moran was sentenced to twelve years in prison

A man has been sentenced to 12 years for the manslaughter of archaeologist Emmett Connolly, who died after being stabbed 17 times.

Kevin Moran (30) had pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Connolly (32) at Lodgeview, Cootehill in September 2013.

Mr Connolly was stabbed following a "drink-fuelled" argument which ensued between the men on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Moran, a widowed father-of-three, originally from Shankill in Dublin, was yesterday sentenced at the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Connolly's family said in a statement that they were "relieved" that the long prcess was over.

"It's been a long road to get here. Today has given us some closure but we still have a long road ahead of us and an empty void," they said.

Bond

Yesterday Mr Justice Paul Carney sentenced Moran, with an address at Lodgeview, Cootehill, Cavan, to 12 years imprisonment with the final two years suspended for the manslaughter of Mr Connolly, on condition that the accused enters into a bond of €1,000 to stay away from the family of the deceased.

Mr Justice Carney said due to the "gratuitous" nature of the killing and its effect on the family of the deceased, he would hand down 12 years imprisonment dating from December 7 2013, taking the accused's plea of guilty into consideration.

Last month the father of archaeologist Emmett Connolly, Frank Connolly, told the court in his victim impact statement how his family has gone from a "functioning family" to a "broken entity on a journey to hell".

"This loss goes on as long as we live - our lifetime sentence," Mr Connolly read.

The court heard at the time how Emmett Connolly from Rockcorry, Co Monaghan, had returned to Ireland after 18 months in Australia and had been socialising at Lodgeview in Cootehill, Co Cavan.

The jury of seven men and five women previously heard evidence that Moran told gardai in an interview that he panicked and stabbed the deceased after a fight. He later told them he had stabbed Mr Connolly in a "rage".

A row had developed between the two and Moran suggested that Mr Connolly wanted drugs but no drugs were procured, the court was told.

Counsel for the DPP, Paddy McCarthy SC, said previously there was no previous history between Moran and Mr Connolly and they had not known each other.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis gave evidence at the trial, where he outlined to the court the extent of the 17 stab wounds inflicted on Emmett Connolly.

When Dr Curtis arrived at the scene at 2.45pm on Sunday September 29, there was no sign of life to be found from Emmett Connolly who he observed sitting on a plastic bag which contained animal shavings and up against a freezer "which bore blood stains".

Sitting in a crouched position, Emmett Connolly was beside a sliding back patio door leading into the back garden.

Knife

Mr Curtis told the court that a black-handled knife, seven inches long with a distortion to the tip, was found on the drain of the kitchen sink.

The post mortem conducted by Dr Curtis found that the majority of the wounds to Mr Connolly were to his left collar bone, his front left shoulder region, his left upper arm and left upper back.

The court previously heard from Mr McCarthy that there was no evidence to support that Moran was attacked in any way "as there was no bruising to his body whatsoever".

The court previously heard that Moran had five previous convictions including a public order offence, two convictions of assault in 2008 and possession of a knife.

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