19/05/2010

Manslaughter Charge After Hurley Attack

Two men have been charged with manslaughter after the death of a 25-year-old man and injury of his brother in Waterford earlier this year.

Damien and Liam Organ, from Kilmacthomas in Waterford, were viciously attacked with hurleys in the People's Park in the city in March.

Damien Organ died at Waterford Regional Hospital on 1 April while Liam Organ suffered a fractured jaw and bruising to his upper body in the attack.

Kieran Deegan, 19, and Martin O'Brien, 20, have been charged with the manslaughter of Damien Organ and with the assault on Liam Organ.

Neither man offered a reply in relation to the manslaughter charges.

Judge William Earley granted the men continuing bail after there were no objections from Inspector Padraig Dunne.

Mr O'Brien will appear at the court again on 1 June, while Mr Deegan will appear on 8 June.

The two victims are believed to have been known to Gardaí.

(DW/BMcC)

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