Monday 24 September 2018

Three accused of killing student by street assault

ACCUSED: Teen girl and two men in court on death charges

A TEENAGE girl and two young men have been charged with the manslaughter of a 20-year-old student who was assaulted just before Christmas.

Andrew Dolan, who was from Carrick-on-Shannon and studied biomedical science at NUI Galway, was assaulted in Mullingar on December 23. He passed away at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin on New Year's Day.

The three charged with unlawful killing on Pearse Street, Mullingar, are Jessica Hughes (19), of Greenfield Heights, Rathwire, Killucan, Co Westmeath; Patrick Farrell (20), of Cornamuckla, Broadford, Co Kildare; and Patrick Daly (22), of Mulphedder, Clonard, Co Meath.

Detective Garda Peter Kelly said that none of the three defendants made any reply when charged.


They were granted bail on condition they hand over their passports and sign on weekly at Mullingar Garda Station.

Mullingar District Court heard three people were assaulted on December 23 at the same location.

Daly is also charged with assaulting a second man causing him harm and Farrell is charged with common assault on a third man.

Families of the three defendants were in court to provide bail. The victim's family was not present.

Hughes had taken a year out from her veterinary course and was working one day a week to fund her studies. Daly had been working since January, the court heard.

Detective Inspector Martin Cadden said Mr Dolan's family had been informed of the court appearance, but had chosen not to attend.

The three accused will appear before Judge Seamus Hughes again on March 22 at Mullingar District Court to be served with the book of evidence.

Legal aid applications have also been adjourned to that date.


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