A Frenchman attacked in the middle of the day in Cork City suffered head injuries that resulted in his death, and yesterday his family travelled from France to see the culprit jailed for five years.
Daniel O’Sullivan of Carrowkeel, Mallow, Co Cork, pleaded guilty at Cork Circuit Criminal Court to the manslaughter of French man, Vincent Morgain, aged 34, on Lower Oliver Plunkett St in Cork last September.
Sgt Dave O’Callaghan said O’Sullivan and two others bought a 700ml bottle of vodka at 10.30am and he passed out after drinking most of it quickly. By lunchtime he and the two others left the boardwalk on Lapps Quay and went to Lower Oliver Plunkett St where Mr Morgain and a woman were sitting in a doorway at the back of Jury’s Inn hotel.
They had a bag with some drink in it. One of the three men grabbed the drink and when Mr Morgain stood up, O’Sullivan punched him, knocking him to the ground where he banged his head.
He struggled on his hands and knees to get up and O’Sullivan kicked him in the head, an attack that was witnessed by passers-by and motorists.
A number of people went to the assistance of Mr Morgain who was unconscious on the ground when O’Sullivan and the others walked away.
A passing ambulance brought him to hospital but he died five days later on September 15, 2015.
Blunt force trauma to the head was one of the main causes of death and excess alcohol was also noted by the pathologist.
Mr Morgain lived in Kerry from 2000 and worked in several hotels but ended up with a severe drink problem and came to Cork a year before his death.
His mother, Liliane Thomas, said: “The death of Vincent has created a loss to me that I cannot explain.
“He is part of me that has disappeared. I am very, very sad. I wanted for him to return to France and I said that to him when we met in Killarney in May 2014. He wanted to be self-sufficient.
“A thousand times I wished for his return home. Vincent was very kind. He was prepared to go without to please others and he thought more of others than of himself.”
His sister, Marie Thomas, said: “I want to cry everyday but I hold back so as not to fall into depression. I will never forget you. I think of you during the day and you are in my dreams. We had so much more stuff to do and so much more stuff I wanted to show you, like my children, who are proud of their uncle.”
Defence senior counsel Elizabeth O’Connell said that O’Sullivan had deep remorse, had no history of violence, and expressed his apologies to the family of the victim.
Judge Séan Ó Donnabháin said Mr Morgain, who came from Brittany, was an entirely innocent victim and that the attack on him was of the kind which was all too common in Cork City.
The judge said it was inevitable that such an attack would result in a death.
Expressing his sympathy for the family of the deceased who travelled to Cork for yesterday’s sentencing, the judge imposed eight years, with the last three years suspended.
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