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Jury gone out in Oughterard manslaughter trial

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The jury in the trial of a man accused of the manslaughter of Oughterard publican John Kenny in 2011 has gone out to begin deliberations.
Marian Lingurar Jnr. (24), with an address at Blackpool, Co. Cork, is charged with the unlawful killing of John Kenny on September 25th, 2011, as well as a second charge of tresspass.
Marian Lingurar Jnr. worked at the bar that night as a bouncer and it’s the prosecutions case that he left at around 1.30am, only to return around 2.20am as part of a plan to steal from John Kenny and commit violence if necessary.
Both the prosecution and defence have now given closing statements to the jury, with both focusing on the fact that all evidence in the case is entirely circumstantial.
The prosecution described mobile phone data as the ‘real clincher’ in the case, as it places Marian Lingurar Jnr. and his father back in Oughterard between 2.20 and 3am – a time when the accused said he was at home in bed.
Mr. Patrick Gageby SC also said that ‘extraordinary’ communication between Lingurar Jnr. and another man named Vasile Muntean in Oughterard that night between 10pm and 3am proves that they were up to something amongst themselves.
He said it was clear that Marian Lingurar Jnr. was “up to his armpits” in the crime committed at Kenny’s Bar and was a “pivotal part” of the plan, which involved up to five individuals.
Gardai found fingerprints belonging to Vasile Muntean in Kenny’s Bar and witnesses and phone records placed him in Oughterard that night – but Marian Lingurar Jnr. told Gardai he did not know him and had not communicated with him.
However, defence counsel Colman Fitzpatrick SC told the jury that in order to convict Marian Lingurar Jnr., that they must be convinced beyond reasonable doubt that he knew John Kenny was likely to suffer an assault.
He noted that the prosecution had not made any case that Marian Lingurar Jnr. had himself assaulted John Kenny, but that he was part of a plan which was prepared to use violence if needed.
He pointed out that evidence shows that John Kenny was extremely intoxicated to the point of being incapacitated; why, he asked, would one think that restraint or violence would be required to steal from the premises.
The jury of 7 men and 4 women is now beginning deliberations on separate charges of manslaughter and trespass with intent to commit an offense.

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Increase in Covid 19 figures as 393 cases are reported but the numbers receiving treatment in hospital continues to fall

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 393 new cases of Covid-19.

That is an increase of 72 on last night’s figures.

However, the number in hospitals across the country continues to fall with 48 currently receiving treatment, a reduction of five on yesterday and down 10 on the same day last week.

14 Covid patients are in intensive care, down 1 on yesterday and 8 on the same day last week.

There are no figures available for Galway.

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City Councillor urges local sports clubs to ensure defibrillators installed

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A City Councillor is calling on sports clubs across Galway to ensure they have defibrillators installed and club members are trained in their use.

Councillor Alan Cheever’s is making the call following the collapse of Christan Erikinson at the Euros match between Denmark and Finland.

He says the incident clearly shows how quick intervention can save lives.

Councillor Cheevers says some clubs across the city have defibrillators, while many others do not – but they should be a universal feature at all sports facilities.

He acknowledges there is cost involved, but says there are supports available and to avail of those supports.

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LISTEN: Junior Heritage Minister launches Cladoir conservation project at Connemara National Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan is currently in Connemara National Park where he launched the Cladoir Sheep Conservation Project.

Cladoir, or ‘shore dweller’ sheep, were believed extinct in 1995, but the NPWS has worked with local farmers and Teagasc to regenerate the breed.

The minister arrived at the National Park Visitor Centre in Letterfrack where he met the staff in the last hour.

The Minister will also view Tamworth Pigs and Irish Moiled cattle.

Joint chairpersons of the Cladoir Sheep Preservation Committee Sean Cadden and Tom King, and Chief Archaeologist with the National Monuments Service Michael MacDonagh are accompanying Minister Noonan.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM news, the Minister was looking forward to launching the project and he also wanted to to pay tribute to the work of the staff in keeping the park open during the pandemic

Connemara National Park receives over 200,000 visitors a year, and Minister Noonan will also view proposed capital infrastructure projects, visit Newfoundland Wood, and view archaeological sites of importance.

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