Man pleads guilty to manslaughter of journalist Eugene Moloney

Monday 25 February 2013 16.25
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Eugene Moloney was a journalist with the Irish Independent
Eugene Moloney was a journalist with the Irish Independent
Mr Moloney died after being hit in the head on Camden Street last June
Mr Moloney died after being hit in the head on Camden Street last June

A 21-year-old Dublin man has admitted killing journalist Eugene Moloney in Dublin last year.

Gary Burch, from Kennington Close, Templeogue, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the manslaughter of Mr Moloney on Camden Street on 24 June.

The court heard he has no previous convictions.

He will be sentenced in June.

Mr Moloney, a journalist with the Irish Independent, lived at Portobello Place in Dublin.

He was making his way home in the early hours of 24 June when he received a blow to the head. He subsequently died in hospital.

Senior Counsel Mary Rose Gearty asked for the case to be adjourned for a number of weeks to allow Burch complete a FÁS course.

She said he has no previous convictions and had voluntarily spent time in custody.

He was granted bail just before Christmas and has abided by all the conditions.

The court heard gardaí had no objection to bail, and that Mr Moloney's family were aware that the case would take some time to be dealt with and had no objection to a sentence date this summer.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring ordered a victim impact report and adjourned sentencing.