A Glasgow man became the first person to be given a prison sentence at the historic first sitting of the new €140m Criminal Courts of Justice at Parkgate St in Dublin today.
Patrick Doherty (aged 46), a father of two and native of Glasgow, with an address at Cloncoon West, Glenamaddy, Co Galway was convicted by a jury at the Central Criminal Court in Galway last July of the manslaughter of Mr Frank Fahy (aged 20) of O' Keefe Park, Glenamaddy in the early hours of December 15, 2008.
The jury of seven men and five women reached their 10 - 2 majorty verdict of not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter after a six-day trial. Doherty was also convicted of assault.
Today, Mr Justice Paul Carney told people assembled at Court 6 in the new court building: "This is a historic day, being the first sitting of the Central Criminal Court in the new Criminal Courts complex. By January 11 all the criminal courts will be installed in this building. Today is a day for testing the building and ensuring it is adequate to our needs."
The judge then dealt with a man who pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse before moving on to deal with Patrick Doherty. The judge said that the most aggravating factor was that Doherty left the scene of the row, returned home, and armed himself with a kitchen knife before returning to the scene to carry on the row.
He said that there had been a devasatting effect on the victim's family. He said that Doherty had pleaded guilty to manslaughter and had been remorseful. The judge sentenced Doherty to 10 years for manslaughter and four years for assault and ordered both sentences to run concurrently from December 16, 2008.