Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said: “The difficulties in this case are just phenomenal. He got a lenient sentence for manslaughter and was recalled twice [because of crimes on his release]. I don’t know what is going on in this man’s head.
“It is almost unprecedented to see someone re-committed for three years and still there is more offending behaviour. The only factors I can see here are anger management, lack of insight and drink.”
Detective Garda John Gleeson said Patrick ‘Pa’ Lynch, who was living at an apartment at Glenview House, Redemption Rd, Cork, broke into the flat of a former friend in the complex and stole a television and UPC box on October 19, 2014. When there, he set fire to the place.
The other 11 apartments in the complex were occupied at the time of the fire. All had to be vacated that night.
Det Garda Gleeson said the owner of the building was concerned that his insurance would skyrocket if he claimed for damages so he has taken on the cost of the refurbishment himself. The fire damage was limited by the prompt arrival of the firebrigade but the smoke damage was quite extensive.
Lynch was sentenced for the manslaughter of his brother, 27-year-old Peter Lynch Jr, at the family home Fairfield Square, Farranree, Cork City, during an argument in the early hours of August 3, 2006. Mr Justice Barry White sentenced Lynch at that time to 12 years in jail, with the final nine years suspended.
Three years of that suspended period were imposed on him last month because his failure to keep the peace in respect of the arson case. And yesterday Judge Ó Donnabháin imposed a further three years consecutive to that.
Katherine McGillicuddy, defence barrister, said yesterday: “He has a lot of problems in his personal life.”
The judge said: “He has caused a lot of problems in the lives of others.”
Ms McGillicuddy asked the judge if he would consider suspending some period of the sentence yesterday. Judge Ó Donnabháin said it would be bizarre to structure a sentence to include a suspended portion in light of Lynch’s behaviour since he got such a sentence for manslaughter.
At the time of his original sentencing for manslaughter Lynch who then lived at Fairfield Square, Farranree, Cork, told the court he had never recovered from a car crash he had caused when he was in his teens which resulted in the death of a friend and now had to deal with the death of his brother as well.