22 May 2006

O'Donoghue appeal fixed for 13 July


22 May 2006 18:00

The Court of Criminal Appeal has fixed 13 July for the hearing of an appeal by the Director of Public Prosecutions against the undue leniency of a four-year sentence imposed on Wayne O'Donoghue for the manslaughter of Robert Holohan.

O'Donoghue was tried in the Central Criminal Court in Cork last December. He admitted the manslaughter of his 12-year-old neighbour in Middleton in Co Cork but denied murder and was acquitted by a jury of the more serious charge.

After Mr Justice Carney imposed a four-year prison sentence for manslaughter, the DPP indicated his intention to appeal the sentence on the grounds of undue leniency.

This appeal will now be heard by the Court of Criminal Appeal in under two months time.

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