Limerick man sentenced to six years in prison for killing his father

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A LIMERICK city man has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for the manslaughter of his father almost two years ago.

A LIMERICK city man has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for the manslaughter of his father almost two years ago.

Last month, Gerard McNamara, aged 24, of Cedar Court, Kennedy Park pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his father on October 1, 2010.

Forty-eight-year-old Joseph ‘Joey’ O’Donnell, who was a well-known boxer and soccer player, died a number of hours after he was attacked by his son during a drunken row at his home at Hyde Road, Prospect.

During a sentencing hearing last week, the Central Criminal Court was told he defendant knocked his father to the ground and kicked him when a row erupted between the pair.

Both men had been drinking together for several hours before the fight broke out.

Imposing sentence today, Mr Justice Paul Carney said drink was not a defence but he noted that McNamara had pleaded guilty at an early stage and that he has shown remorse for his actions.

He imposed an eight year prison sentence, suspending the final two years.

The sentence was backdated to October 2011, when McNamara was first charged in connection with the death of his father.