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04/08/2021

Limerick man found guilty of murdering Francis Greene

A LIMERICK city man has been sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of murdering another man in the city more than two years ago.

A LIMERICK city man has been sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of murdering another man in the city more than two years ago.

Kevin Coughlan, 29, of Avondale Drive, Greystones, had denied murdering Francis Greene at Steamboat Quay on November 28, 2009.

The body of the 48-year-old, who was originally from Kilteely but who was living at Hartstonge Street was recovered from the river Shannon at Portdrine, Co Clare in February 2010 - three months after he was reported missing.

It was the prosecution case that Coughlan threatened Francis Greene with a knife and forced him to walk from his apartment at Hartstonge Street to Steamboat Quay where he threw him into the water.

The jury of ten men and two women returned with a majority 11-1 verdict after almost three and a half hours of deliberations.

Coughlan was also convicted of falsely imprisoning Mr Greene on the same date and he was found guilty of assaulting another man - Roy Finn - who was staying at Francis Greene’s flat at the time.

Coughlan was jailed for life for the murder of Mr Greene.

He will be sentenced in relation to the other offences next month.

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