Guilty of manslaughter for killing drug dealer in row over €100

A man has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter for killing a drug dealer during an argument over a €100 debt.

William Gilsenan, aged 24, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of 29-year-old Edward Fitzgerald in a car park outside the killer’s home at The Green, Larch Hill, Oscar Traynor Road, Santry, Dublin 17.

The jury of seven women and five men took two hours and 35 minutes to come to their unanimous verdict, following a 10-day trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Caroline Biggs, defending, asked that Gilsenan be granted bail on the grounds that he has no previous history of violence and has always answered his bail during the trial process.

Mr Justice Paul Butler said that there would have to be “extraordinary circumstances” to grant bail following a conviction for manslaughter.

He remanded Gilsenan in custody until January 12 when a sentencing hearing will take place.

He also thanked the jury for their hard work, and exempted them from further jury duty for 10 years. As Gilsenan was led away by prison guards, he blew a kiss towards members of his family who have been with him throughout the trial.

Members of Mr Fitzgerald’s family cried and hugged one another.


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