Pair admit role in savage killing of student Andrew
TWO suspects who were arrested for their involvement in an assault which led to the death of a 20-year-old student have admitted their role in the incident.
The assault on tragic Andrew Dolan was caught on CCTV outside an Abrakebabra outlet on Pearse Street, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, at 2.40am on December 23.
Andrew suffered severe head injuries and died at Beaumont Hospital in the early hours of last Sunday morning.
A source explained: "Of the three people arrested, CCTV shows that two of them were directly involved in the assault.
"CCTV shows the two males who were arrested (aged 20 and 21) punching the victim.
"The young woman (19) who was also arrested at the scene was not directly involved.
"He was punched at least twice in the head before falling to the ground. The worst of his injuries were caused by the impact of his head off the ground.
"This was a completely random incident -- the victim was not looking for trouble and there is nothing in the suspects' background that suggests any previous form for assaulting anyone.
"They seemed shocked in the aftermath of the incident and remained at the scene until gardai arrived shortly after the incident.
"It will be up to the DPP to decide but all the indications at this stage are that this will be a manslaughter rather than a murder prosecution."
Earlier on in the night that he was attacked, Andrew had been out in Mullingar with former school friends from Wilson's Hospital.
The popular young man, from Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, was a bio-medical science student at NUI Galway.
After his life-support machine was switched off on Sunday, Andrew's organs were donated to people awaiting life saving surgery.
Last night his father, Joe Dolan, a well-known hotelier, issued a statement on behalf of himself, his wife, Rosie, and the couple's two other children, Gavin and Jack.
The family said they were devastated by his death. They said Andrew had been looking forward to a rewarding career in bio-medical science which he had been studying at NUI Galway.
They thanked all those who supported them through their devastating ordeal and asked people to remember him in their prayers.
Pending the release of his body, Andrew's funeral will be held tomorrow at midday in St Mary's Church in Carrick-on-Shannon.
He will be buried in Ardcarne Cemetery, Co Roscommon.
Mr Dolan's family have been involved in the hotel trade in Carrick-on-Shannon for several generations. They own the Bush Hotel which is the sponsor of the Leitrim senior football team.