THREE members of the same family have been convicted of charges relating to the killing of a man in Limerick city almost two years ago.
Paul Colbert, aged 46, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect and his nephew, Sean Flanagan, aged 28, also of Lenihan Avenue have been convicted of murdering Ger McMahon at Lenihan Avenue on January 18,2012.
A brother of Sean Flanagan - Ian Flanagan, aged 24, who also has an address at Lenihan Avenue - was convicted of impeding the garda investigation following the killing of Mr McMahon on the same date as the killing.
Following almost four weeks of evidence, the jury at the Central Criminal Court retired to consider its verdict last Friday afternoon. The jurors returned with unanimous guilty verdicts in relation to all three defendants this afternoon.
During the trial they heard evidence that as Mr McMahon, who was from Raheen Square, was going up the steps of his cousin’s home, he was attacked by Paul Colbert and Sean Flanagan.
A post mortem examination showed the 43-year-old sustained seven stab wounds to the back of his head, three to the left hand side of his head and three to the back of his trunk. He died from his injuries a short time later.
The jury also heard evidence that Ian Flanagan removed footage from a CCTV system at the defendant’s home knowing it was likely to be evidence in the murder investigation.
Following this afternoon’s verdict, Paul Colbert and Sean Flanagan were sentenced to life imprisonment. Ian Flanagan will be sentenced on December 11, next.