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Monday 11 December 2017

Nicola's family seek justice for uncle's killing

The family of murdered student Nicola Furlong have called for justice for her uncle after an inquest found he died as a result of unlawful killing.

JAMES Doyle (40) from Clonsilla in Gorey, Co Wexford, was killed when he sustained massive head injuries after he was attacked by three men outside a nightclub in the early hours of November 14, 2009.

The father of three had been trying to help his cousin at the time. The inquest into his death came just three weeks after Ms Furlong was brutally murdered in a Tokyo hotel room.

Mr Doyle was the brother of Nicola Furlong's mother Angela Doyle.



Tragedy

Dublin Coroner's Court heard that James Doyle's second cousin Neil Doyle had been involved in a minor incident in the Malibu Beach Nightclub in Gorey earlier that night.

Neil Doyle had been drinking since 4pm after a tragedy involving a friend. He met James Doyle when the nightclub closed and they walked part of the way home together. Neil Doyle told the court he was then assaulted.

He went back down to the nightclub and James tried to walk him back home again. But words were exchanged with Neil's attacker and two other men and a fight ensued.

Bystander Liz Byrne said James Doyle fought back but was knocked to the ground where she saw him being kicked.

When she went to help him, his eyes were open but he was not responsive. Paramedics took Mr Doyle to Wexford General Hospital. He was transferred to Beaumont Hospital where he was in a drug-induced coma for two days before he died as a result of his injuries.

The jury returned a verdict of death by unlawful killing. Speaking outside the court, Mr Doyle's sister Elizabeth Larkin called on the DPP to revisit the case, saying the family had not seen justice for her brother and describing the criminal case as a "joke".

The men who caused her brother's fatal injury are now free, she added.

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