• A 67-year-old man has admitted killing a well-known runner in Galway.

    Noel Lenihan of Cardinal Road, Mervue was due to stand trial for murdering Christopher McGrath at his home on March 12th 2017.

    He pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter when the charge was put to him today and his plea was accepted by the DPP.

    His sentence hearing will take place in November.



  • A youth who killed another teenager in Co Mayo after finding him in a bedroom with his sister has been jailed for five years.

    The 20-year-old offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter in 2017 by a jury at the Central Criminal Court for stabbing 17-year-old Dovydas Jenkas to death in Claremorris.

    Mr Jenkas of Mount St, Claremorris, died from a single stab wound in the early hours of December 19th, 2015.

    Passing sentence, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon said this is a “very sad and tragic case where a young man, 17 years old, lost his life”.

    The defendant was 15 at the time of the offence and 17 when convicted.

    His sentencing has been repeatedly adjourned after he suffered a series of seizures.

    He required brain surgery, after doctors discovered a tumour on his brain.

    Ms Justice Creedon set a headline sentence of nine years but taking into account the defendant’s age at the time of the offence and his actions since, she reduced that to six years with the last year suspended.

    She said the youth had immediately admitted what he did and expressed genuine remorse. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter ahead of his trial and was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

    He fully cooperated with gardaí and had no previous difficulties and has not come to garda attention since, she said.

    While in prison, Ms Justice Creedon said he should be able to avail of any medical treatment deemed necessary by his treating doctors.

    An earlier court hearing heard that both families had moved from Lithuania to Claremorris in the years before the killing.


  • A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to nine years in jail for the manslaughter of a Co Galway teacher and publican in 2011. 

    Last January, a jury found Marian Lingurar Jr guilty of the manslaughter of John Kenny in Oughterard, in September 2011. 

    Lingurar - with an address at Loughgeorge, Claregalway - worked as a doorman at a pub run by Mr Kenny.

    The court heard that Mr Kenny sustained severe blows in the early hours of 25 September 2011. His body was found in a toilet of the pub by his wife and daughter later that day. His hands had been tied with an electrical cable. 

    A post mortem examination revealed he had multiple rib fractures as well as head and neck injuries. 

    RTE News reports that, at the Galway Circuit Criminal Court today, Judge Rory McCabe imposed a nine year sentence on Mr Lingurar, who was 16 when the offences took place.