Sentencing adjourned over death of journalist Eugene Moloney

Monday 17 June 2013 16.51
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Eugene Moloney was killed on Camden Street last June
Eugene Moloney was killed on Camden Street last June
Mr Moloney's brother said his death was senseless and unnecessary
Mr Moloney's brother said his death was senseless and unnecessary

A man danced around after he punched a journalist in the head leading to his death, the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard today.

Gary Burch, 21, of Kennington Close, Templeogue, has pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of Eugene Moloney on Camden Street in Dublin city centre on 24 June last year.

He is to be sentenced next month.

Burch told gardaí after the attack that it was a moment of craziness and that he was disgusted by what he had done.

Mr Burch said he did not help the victim because he was drunk and stupid and did not know how serious it was.

The court heard he had drunk ten bottles of beer and a couple of shots.

In a victim impact statement today, Mr Moloney's brother Sean said Eugene's death was both senseless and unnecessary in a society where senseless violence is sadly becoming the norm.

Judge Mary Ellen Ring said she was conscious of the lifetime consequences and the distress to both families but she needed time to reflect on sentence. She said she will pass sentence on Burch on 2 July at 2pm.