The young man who denied murdering a middle-aged man at the Manhattan Bar in Cork in Christmas 2011 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Dean Crinnion, aged 20, of 1 Blackwater Grove, Togher, Cork, was yesterday re-arraigned at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork, having denied murder on Tuesday.
Yesterday, when arraigned on the same charge of murdering Gerard Delaney, at Lower Friars Walk, Ballyphehane, on December 27, 2011, he replied: “Not guilty to murder, guilty to manslaughter.” Prosecution senior counsel Marjorie Farrelly said that plea was acceptable to the DPP and she applied to have the accused remanded in custody for sentencing next Wednesday.
Mr Justice Paul Carney acceded to that application and directed the preparation of a victim impact statement from the family of the deceased.
Defence senior counsel, Brendan Grehan, said there was no objection to the application to remand Crinnion in custody.
“I would like to take the opportunity on behalf of Mr Crinnion to express his sorrow and regret to the family of the deceased.
“His earnest hope is that peaceful relations can be restored between the families,” Mr Grehan said.
The audible reaction from a number of people in the group around members of the Delaney family in the public gallery was one of scepticism. A number of people were also tearful.
Mr Justice Carney told the jury: “As you have seen, the accused has pleaded guilty to a count that is acceptable to the DPP so there is no further function for you to perform in this case.”
On the opening day of the case, Ms Farrelly, prosecution senior counsel, said Gerard Delaney of Lakelands Crescent in Mahon, Cork, was 51 when he died in the early hours of December 27, 2011, as a result of 13 stab wounds, many of them to the back.
Describing the height of the fracas, Ms Farrelly said: “In the course of Gerard Delaney struggling with another person in the dartboard area [of the Manhattan Bar], Dean Crinnion with a knife stabbed Gerard Delaney into the back.
“You will hear from Finbarr Delaney [brother of the deceased] that he [Crinnion] stabbed him, that he stabbed him a number of times in the bar. You will hear evidence from others... retreating out of the Manhattan Bar, making their way out to the carpark and you will hear that one of the persons following them out was Dean Crinnion.
“You will then hear evidence that Dean Crinnion being one of the persons following the deceased again attacked Gerard Delaney with a knife and stabbed him repeatedly.”
Postmortem evidence was anticipated that would show the deceased suffered stab wounds that penetrated bone, lungs, vertebrae, and small bowel. “It is the State’s case that those wounds were inflicted by Dean Crinnion,” Ms Farrelly said.
As well as the victim impact statement that will be given on July 16, a full outline of the background to the case will be presented by gardaí before Crinnion is sentenced for manslaughter.
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