Student remains in custody over Robert manslaughter

Seán O’Riordan

Wayne O’Donoghue’s appearance at Midleton District Court, in Co Cork, lasted less than a minute. During the court appearance Inspector Martin Dorney asked Judge Michael Pattwell to again remand the 20-year-old student in custody.

O’Donoghue’s solicitor, Frank Buttimer, raised no objection.

Judge Pattwell remanded the engineering student in custody to the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise and directed that he appear again in Midleton District Court on February 17.

O’Donoghue, from Ballyedmond Hill, Midleton, is charged with the unlawful killing of neighbour Robert Holohan, aged 11, on January 4 last.

O’Donoghue arrived at Midleton garda station shortly after 10am and 25 minutes later was led into the court by two gardaí.

A handful of curious onlookers gathered outside the building, but they were far fewer in number than when he last appeared in the same court on January 20.

The Cork Institute of Technology student wore a suede jacket which had three SHARE charity stickers on the lapel. He was dressed in the same dark navy suit he wore for his previous court appearance, but this time wore a red tie.

His mother and father, Ray and Therese, were in court and later spent some time with him in the adjoining garda station.

The court itself was packed, but the overwhelming majority of those present were involved in other cases. Only one onlooker was left standing outside the garda station when O’Donoghue was led to a waiting van.

At 12.56pm the van was driven off on its way back to the prison in Portlaoise. The gardaí have until February 27 to prepare their Book of Evidence for O’Donoghue’s case.

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