Limerick man sentenced to life in prison for Daniel Treacy murder

The scene of Daniel Treacy's murder in 2010
A MOYROSS man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of murdering Daniel Treacy at a petrol station on the northside of the city more than three years ago.

A MOYROSS man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of murdering Daniel Treacy at a petrol station on the northside of the city more than three years ago.

Coughlan, aged 33, of Pineview Gardens, Moyross had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the 35-year-old father-of-two but had denied a charge of murder.

During the two week trial, a jury at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin heard the accused man walked into the Topaz petrol station on the Ennis Road on the morning of February 22, 2010 and shot the bread delivery man three times.

The jury was told a brother of accused man - Darren Coughlan - died in November 2005 after he was attacked by a number of people including a brother of deceased.

It was the prosecution case that the killing of Daniel Treacy was a revenge attack.

However, the trial heard evidence that Coughlan, an electrician, was suffering from a mental disorder namely paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the killing and that this would have substantially diminished his responsibility, making the crime one of manslaughter, not murder.

Following their deliberations, the jury returned shortly before midday with a guilty verdict.

After hearing a victim impact statement from Daniel Treacy’s sister, Aishling, Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed the mandatory life sentence.