O'Donohgue 'devastated' by semen claims

Child killer Wayne O’Donohgue has been left devastated by claims his semen was found on the body of his 11-year-old victim, his solicitor revealed today.

Child killer Wayne O’Donohgue has been left devastated by claims his semen was found on the body of his 11-year-old victim, his solicitor revealed today.

Frank Buttimer categorically denied the allegations, which arose after Robert Holohan’s mother Majella shocked the country by suggesting there may have been a sexual motive for his death.

Mr Buttimer said it was bleak stuff for O’Donoghue to deal with, after being sentenced to four years imprisonment yesterday for the manslaughter of the schoolboy.

“His dad was on to him (Wayne) in the prison this morning. It is causing him concerns over and above the ordinary concerns that yesterday would have brought him,” he said.

The former engineering student is being held in a secure unit at the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise and the prison service has confirmed it is taking precautions to protect him from attacks from other prisoners.

Mr Buttimer said the semen found on Robert Holohan’s body did not belong to Wayne O’Donoghue and that it was absolutely nonsensical to suggest a sexual motive.

“Leave aside the fact that this wasn’t even deemed evidential in the case, the other fact is that two eminent pathologists, Professor Marie Cassidy from Ireland and Professor Jack Crane from the north of Ireland, both found that there was not a scintilla of evidence to suggest any form of sexual misbehaviour of any kind whatsoever.”

The Cork-based solicitor said he had been instructed to take action against any media outlets which accused O’Donoghue of being responsible for the semen found on Robert Holohan’s body.

“He does accept that he is fair game for some decent criticism. It is just that this stuff is so far over the top that all you can do is respond in this fashion. The sole function of these proceedings is to redress the balance,” he said.

Mr Buttimer said he was considering legal action against a television station which had stated definitively that the semen found on Robert Holohan’s body belonged to Wayne O’Donoghue, and a newspaper which had branded him a paedophile.

At the sentencing hearing in the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Majella Holohan shocked the packed courtroom when she departed from her devastating victim impact statement to question whether there was a sexual motive for the killing of her son.

“Our doctors have told us that we have to try to get on with our lives but how can we, knowing that there was semen found on my son’s body?”

She asked why Wayne O’Donoghue had been ringing her son at 6.30am.

“What was Robert doing in Wayne’s bedroom at 7.30am when he was supposed to have been on a sleepover at his other friend’s house as the phone records show he did?”

The inquest into the death of Robert Holohan is expected to be held in Cork next month.

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