A 20-year-old man has been found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2012 murder of Martin Brophy.
William Moran, of Connolly Place, Waterford City, was charged with murdering Martin Brophy, aged 22, at the old Waterford Institute of Technology building between May 19 and 21, 2012.
Mr Moran had pleaded not guilty to the charge at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.
The family of the deceased were in tears as the jury delivered a unanimous verdict of guilty after eight hours and 38 minutes of deliberations.
The five-week trial had heard that the deceased died of blunt force trauma to the head, which could have been due to kicking, stamping, or stomping.
In a victim impact statement delivered by Trina Brophy, the elder sister of the deceased, she told of how preparing for her brother’s funeral was something she thought she would never have to do.
“Preparing for Martin’s funeral was one thing I never thought I would have to do. May 21, 2012, is a month and year that we as a family will never forget. I still hear the screams after hearing the soul-destroying news that Martin was dead. It was 11.30 at night and a friend rang to say it’s all over Facebook that a young lad named Skip was found dead,” Ms Brophy said.
“The heartbreak in dad’s eyes is something that has stuck with me and will do for the rest of my life. No daughter or sister should have to go through this. Martin was taken from his young son Davin and even though Davin knew that his dad was gone, he still doesn’t know why and one day his mam will have to give the details to her son why somebody would take such a beautiful person away.”
“He was a fun, happy person who was loved by many people. He was young and had his whole life ahead of him, but the defendant decided that he was going to take him away from us and we will have to live with the empty space in our hearts because of his actions.”
Speaking outside court, Martin Brophy’s father Michael said. “We are very happy — it’s been a traumatic six weeks. There is nothing to be celebrated. There are no winners or losers.
“A young man who is a little thug has gone to prison. I would like to thank the gardaí for taking care and looking after us. It has brought some closure.”
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