Jury views CCTV footage of fatal assault on young man in Mullingar

Thursday 16 January 2014 23.13
Andrew Dolan died after being attacked on a night out in Mullingar
Andrew Dolan died after being attacked on a night out in Mullingar

A jury has viewed CCTV footage of an assault which resulted in the death of a young Co Leitrim man.

Patrick Daly, 24, and Jessica Hughes, 21, have both denied the manslaughter of Andrew Dolan from Carrick-on-Shannon after meeting him while on the way home from a night out in Mullingar, Co Westmeath just before Christmas 2011.

Mr Dolan, 20, never regained consciousness after the incident.

Mr Daly further denies assaulting one of Mr Dolan's friends, Ian Farrell at Pearse Street in Mullingar on 23 December 2011.

The jury was told another man, Patrick Farrell, who was not in court, pleaded guilty to Mr Dolan's manslaughter and has been dealt with in the courts.

On the second day of the trial at Mullingar Circuit Court, Garda Ciara Regan told jurors she had noticed activity on the garda CCTV system at approximately 2.43am on 23 December 2011.

She recalled zooming in on the incident and calling a patrol car. The footage, which was played once in real time, shows a woman appear to strike a man before others become involved on Pearse Street in Mullingar.

The CCTV, which lasted a matter of seconds, showed an altercation progressing up the street and ending with the victim falling to the ground after being struck by a man. 

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis told the court Mr Dolan had suffered "a number of fractures at the base of the skull."

Having previously viewed the CCTV footage, Dr Curtis concluded that the lethal injury occurred when Mr Dolan's head struck the ground.

Dr Curtis agreed with counsel for Mr Daly, Caroline Gibbs SC that Mr Dolan was knocked to the ground as a consequence of the last punch thrown by Patrick Farrell.

He told the court Mr Dolan's organs had been harvested prior to a post mortem on 2 January.

Earlier, witness Gabriel O'Keeffe gave evidence of an incident in Abrakebabra on the night. He was on a Christmas work night out when he attended the fast food restaurant.

Mr O'Keeffe heard a "clatter" and saw a red haired man, accompanied by another man and woman, had fallen on the floor of Abrakebabra.

"Somewhere in the background 'ginger p****' was said," he recalled.

When Mr O'Keeffe asked the man if he was alright, the three who were now "agitated" and getting "revved" up, "repeated back to me something about ginger p****," he said.

Mr Dolan and his friends Ian Farrell and Simon Mills were leaving as the man fell. Mr O'Keeffe said "the girl and two fellas" also walked out.

Outside Mr O'Keeffe saw the red-haired man twice punch another man in a striped polo shirt knocking him down. At this stage, he said the woman was talking to another man.

"The red-haired guy then proceeded across the street and effectively punched the guy," said Mr O'Keeffe.  He could not identify the man, but recalled he was knocked to the ground.

Mr O'Keeffe proceeded up the street where he saw a third man on the ground. "He was unconscious but his eyes were flickering," he said.

The trial continues.