Father of Robert Holohan : Was sexual motive factor in killing?

The inquest into the death of schoolboy Robert Holohan got underway in Midleton this afternoon.

The inquest into the death of schoolboy Robert Holohan got underway in Midleton this afternoon.

The parents of the 11-year-old are attending the hearing. However, Robert's 22-year-old neighbour Wayne O'Donoghue from Ballyedmond in Midleton, is set to remain in prison, where he’s serving a four year sentence for manslaughter, for the duration of the inquest.

Robert’s father, Mark Holohan asked one of the investigating Gardaí whether he thought there was a sexual motive in his son's killing after proceedings began this afternoon.

Detective Sergeant Brian Goulding was giving evidence about the disappearance of the boy on the 4th of January 2005, and the discovery of his body eight days later.

He told Coronor Dr. Frank O Connell that Wayne O’Donaghue had told Gardaí it happened during an altercation between him and Robert outside his house when he caught the 11-year-old in a headlock.

Mr. Holohan then asked the detective if he thought there was a sexual motive involved.

The coroner acknowledged it was an important question for him to ask but said that the motive could not be discussed.

“Surely me and my family have a right to know,” Mark Holohan asked.

Dr. O’Connell said he was not saying the inquest could deal with it but added that the Holohans could make submissions to him afterwards on the matter.

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