Plumber charged over Kinsale hotel death

A 44-year-old plumber has been charged with the manslaughter of a woman who died from acute carbon monoxide poisoning at a Co Cork hotel on Jan 9, 2011.

Plumber charged over Kinsale hotel death

Richard Davis appeared before a sitting of Macroom District Court yesterday on charges that he unlawfully killed Miriam Reidy and twice breached the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

The 35-year-old woman, who was originally from Ballyhahill, Co Limerick, but who had an address in Tralee, Co Kerry, had been attending a hen party at the Trident Hotel, Kinsale.

She had been sharing a room with her sister, Patricia, who was also overcome by fumes, but spent almost two weeks recovering in hospital.

Det Sgt Fergal Foley said he met Mr Davis by appointment in Bandon yesterday where he arrested and charged him.

The detective said that, when he put the three charges to Mr Davis, the accused had “nothing to say”.

One of the two charges relating to breaches of the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act 2005 stated that Mr Davis was negligent in the commissioning of a Worchester Bosch Greenstar 40 CDI liquid petroleum gas boiler at the hotel on or about Jan 4, 2011.

Mr Davis’s solicitor, Shane Collins-Daly, told Judge James McNulty he would be applying for legal aid for his client.

He said Mr Davis, from Serenity, Killanully, Ballygarvan, Co Cork, was a self-employed plumber who earned about €800 a week.

The solicitor said that, out of that income, the accused had to make about €500 a week in mortgage repayments and had a wife and three children to support.

Mr Collins-Daly handed Judge McNuly a statement of his client’s means and the judge approved legal aid.

Judge McNulty told Mr Daly he would be granted bail but this would be subject to conditions.

He directed Mr Davis to surrender his passport to the gardaí and sign on at Togher Garda Station once a week.

“That doesn’t prevent you from foreign travel, provided it is approved by the gardaí first,” said the judge.

Det Sgt Foley said it would take gardaí “some time” to prepare a book of evidence.

Judge McNulty said he would take this into account and told Mr Davis he would have to appear at a sitting of Kinsale District Court on Sept 19, by which time it was hoped the book of evidence would be completed.

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