Arrest following fatal assault on Frenchman

Lower Oliver Plunkett Street

A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of Vincent Morgain, the Frenchman who died in Cork City earlier this week.

Mr Morgain had been drinking with up to eight other people on Lower Oliver Plunkett St in the city on September 10 when a row broke out and he was assaulted.

It is understood Mr Morgain received a number of blows to the head before he fell to the ground and struck his head.

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.

Gardaí said they arrested the 22-year-old, who is from Cork, in the city yesterday afternoon.

The man was last night being held at Bridewell Garda Station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

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.

“He was a very inoffensive man. He never engaged in violence.

“Since moving to Cork he had progressed with a computer course and had taken out a Safe Pass [course],” Mr O’Connell said.


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