Limerick man admits killing his father

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A YOUNG man from the southside of Limerick city has admitted killing his father more than two years ago.

A YOUNG man from the southside of Limerick city has admitted killing his father more than two years ago.

Gerard McNamara, aged 24, of Cedar Court, Kennedy Park, had been accused of murdering Joseph O’Donnell at Hyde Road, Prospect, on October 1, 2010.

The 48-year-old victim, who was unemployed, died at the Mid Western Regional Hospital from injuries he sustained during an incident at his home on Hyde Road earlier that day.

A post mortem examination which was conducted on his body confirmed Joseph O’Donnell suffered a violent death and a full-scale garda investigation was launched.

Although a file on the matter was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration early last year, the defendant was not arrested and charged until October, 2011.

When he was formally arraigned at the Central Criminal Court in Dublinthis afternoon, McNamara pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of his father.

The plea was accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions and the murder charge was withdrawn.

Noting the guilty plea, Mr Justice Paul Carney directed the preparation of a victim impact statement.

He remanded McNamara in continuing custody pending a sentencing hearing on July 16, next