Man due in court after death of homeless man in Cork

Man due in court after death of homeless man in Cork

A man is due to appear before a special sitting of Cork District Court this morning charged in connection with the death of a homeless man in the city.

The 22-year-old from Cork city was arrested by gardaí in Cork City on Thursday.

His arrest came after the death of 37-year-old Frenchman Vincent Morgain, who was attacked on September 10 on Lower Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork City (pictured).

He was rushed to hospital and put on a life support machine but died on Tuesday after his family travelled from France and gave permission for his organs to be harvested.

Mr Morgain had moved to Cork after being barred from Killarney following minor, but persistent, theft offences involving council parking meters.

A native of Brittany in France, he had arrived in Kerry as a chef and had been regarded as intelligent and hard working, but had fallen on hard times and had been living rough around Killarney for some time.

He was not entitled to social welfare and had begun taking money from council parking meters, Killarney District court was told last October.

He had also stolen a bottle of milk and found himself in jail because he could not pay the fine.

Mr Morgain appeared before Killarney District Court in October 2014, charged with two counts of theft on August 24, and on October 10, and of damaging a parking meter.

Mr Morgain told the court he had been working during the summer, but no longer was, and had tried to get money in order to survive.

He had 18 previous charges and was in custody because he could not pay the fine for stealing a bottle of milk, the court was told.

Judge James O’Connor agreed to release him on bail, instead of jailing him, but ordered him not to go within 100m of a parking meter and also ordered him to leave Killarney, except for court appearances or consultation with his solicitor, Padraig O’Connell.

Yesterday, Mr O’Connell said his client last appeared in Killarney, in July, and was due to return to the town in December when his case was expected to be finalised.

When he was barred from Killarney, Mr Morgain went to the Simon Community in Cork, and seemed to be getting on well.

Additional reporting by Anne Lucy, writing in the

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