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Friday 23 February 2018

Man gets life for murder of loving son and brother

Grieving dad Bartley Molloy leaving court with supporters after his son’s killer pleaded guilty to murder. Photo: Collins Courts
Grieving dad Bartley Molloy leaving court with supporters after his son’s killer pleaded guilty to murder. Photo: Collins Courts

A man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the unexplained murder of a stranger he kicked to death.

Raymond Walsh (24) had been due to go on trial before the Central Criminal Court earlier this month for the murder of 41-year-old Kevin Molloy nearly three years ago, between January 23 and February 1, 2015.

But Walsh, of Carnlough Road, Cabra West, pleaded guilty and appeared yesterday for sentencing.

Det Insp Thomas Lynch said Mr Molloy had lived alone at Glendhu Road, Navan Road, Cabra.

"Not having heard from him for some time, his father went to investigate and found his body in the house," he said. "He had suffered head injuries."

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Det Insp Lynch told Gerry Clarke, prosecuting, that fingerprints and DNA had linked Walsh to the house.

"Over five interviews, the accused denied being in the house at all times and has never given an explanation as to why he was in the house," he said of Walsh, who was 21 at the time.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Molloy's father, Bartley, described his only son as a loving son and loving brother to his sister. He said he was generous, kind and private and that was how the family would like him to be remembered.

Mr Molloy said his son had been a completely innocent person who had done absolutely nothing to deserve what had happened to him.

Nobody would ever realise the trauma the family had gone through "on that fateful day", he added.

"To think that we went to see him and will never see him is heartbreaking," he said. "We never got a chance to say goodbye."

Patrick Gageby, defending, said his client had taken his time to consider the decision he had made.

Walsh, who had no previous convictions, had asked Mr Gageby to express his remorse.

"He is deeply sorry and it's that desire not to cause any further distress that informed his decision to plead guilty," Mr Gageby said.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy backdated the life sentence to October 7, 2015, when Walsh was taken into custody.

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