Man gets life for Limerick murder of retired soldier James Boyce

Friday 24 January 2014 20.43
Pensioner James Boyce was killed at his Limerick home in 2011
Pensioner James Boyce was killed at his Limerick home in 2011

A Limerick man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a retired soldier with a sweeping brush.

Christopher McNamara, 21, of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell Road in Limerick had pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Boyce, 71, at St Munchin's Street, St Mary's Park in Limerick between 6 March 2011 and 7 March 2011.

The court heard that Mr Boyce had been the victim of an assault with a long striking edge and that the fatal injuries were those on his neck where multiple fractures of the larynx were found.

The two-week trial heard that McNamara had confessed killing Mr Boyce to his mother.

Michael O'Higgins SC defending had asked that the jury find his client not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

Describing the case as a most unpleasant one with nastiness, Mr O'Higgins had asked that case be put it into context with evidence that McNamara was "out of his head" on the night in question.

The jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict.