30 November 2005

'I killed Robert - but it was an accident'

Irish Independent

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Wayne O'Donoghue arriving at Central Criminal Court in Cork yesterday where he admitted killing, but not murdering, 11 year-old Robert Holohan.

A STUDENT yesterday admitted killing schoolboy Robert Holohan.

Wayne O'Donoghue (21) took to the stand during a dramatic opening day of the trial into the murder of his young neighbour in Midleton, Co Cork, on January 4.

His parents sat side by side in the public gallery as he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the 11-year-old. He claimed he did not mean to kill the boy.

"Not guilty to murder - guilty to manslaughter," he told Mr Justice Paul Carney.

The Central Criminal Court, sitting in Cork for only the second time, heard that O'Donoghue allegedly told gardai: "It was an accident."

He told them: "I am sorry - he was like a brother to me."

The court also heard the defendant put Robert's lifeless body into the boot of his car and drove it to an isolated area.

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