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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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14,962 additional cases of Covid-19 reported in Ireland

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health have confirmed an additional 14,962 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

10,753 new cases were detected by PCR tests and 4,209 positive antigen tests were logged online.

It’s a significant drop on the highest recorded daily figure of over 26,000, which was reported on January 8th.

The number of people with Covid-19 in hospital has risen slightly to 965, an increase of 25 while there are 88 patients with the virus in ICU.

The five day moving average now stands at 18,360 – down from 19,226 yesterday. 

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LISTEN: Forum Connemara launches Want to Work Programme tomorrow afternoon

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The launch of Forum Connemara’s Want to Work programme will take place virtually tomorrow afternoon at 3.30pm.

The ‘Want to Work’ programme works towards building an inclusive workforce by supporting people with Disabilities or Mental Health Conditions and will provide core employment skills training such as Manual Handling, Health and Safety in the Workplace, Covid Induction training and a bespoke ‘World of Work’ employment skills training programme.

It will also offer industry tailored training.

The project works with participants who are 18+, who have a disability or a mental health condition and is funded through the measure to ‘Support the Employment of People with Disabilities’ under the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan for 2021 by the Department of Social Protection.

Adam Delapp is the project officer for Forum Connemara, he explained to Ciara Mannion that there are two key strands to the programme:

Adam can be contacted by email if you would like to attend the launch.

His email address is A.Delapp@forumconnemara.ie

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LISTEN: County Councillors conclude review of draft County Development Plan

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway’s 39 County Councillors and officials have concluded their review of the draft County Development Plan for the next six years.

The blueprint covering the period from 2022 to 2028 spans over 1300 pages with 2,877 submissions received.

The deadline was midnight Thursday as part of the two year statutory process with the amended plan going out on public display again late February.

County Cathaoirleach Peter Keaveney told Galway Bay FM News this afternoon that this plan is an extremely important document:

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