Jury finds Castleblayney man not guilty of manslaughter

Jury finds Castleblayney man not guilty of manslaughter
A 41 year-old Castleblayney man Kevin McKernan from Black Island View was found not guilty by direction of the trial judge of a charge of manslaughter.

A 41 year-old Castleblayney man Kevin McKernan from Black Island View was found not guilty by direction of the trial judge of a charge of manslaughter.

Judge Donagh McDonagh on Thursday last told the 11 jurors that following legal submissions he had determined the correct course of action was to withdraw the case from them at Dundalk Circuit Criminal Court.

This was the eight day of the trial.

The jury was sworn in the previous Tuesday week, and the accused had denied the unlawful killing of father of one Errol Dunne at Harbour Road, Clogherhead on the March 9th 2010.

The 25 year-old deceased was a fisherman from Grangebellew, County Louth and originally from O’Donnell Park, Clogherhead.

It was alleged there was a confrontation between him and the accused and the accused punched him to the area of the face/head and as a result he fell down and struck the back of his head, the court heard.

The assault took place on March 7th 2010 in the early hours of the morning. Mr Dunne was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital where he died two days later.

Following the conclusion of the prosecution evidence, the defence counsel made submissions.

Judge McDonagh told the jurors that three questions had to be asked - taking the prosecution’s evidence at its highest, had it proven the identity of the puncher, the unlawfulness of the force applied and intent to cause injury that was more than trivial.