Mother tells court her 'heart broke' after hearing her son was killed by a Dublin bus

The mother of a man who died after being punched in front of a Dublin bus has told a court that her "life and heart broke" when she heard the news.

The mother of a man who died after being punched in front of a Dublin bus has told a court that her "life and heart broke" when she heard the news.

Eoghan Dudley was crushed to death after falling under the wheels of the bus at the corner of Nassau Street and Dawson Street in the city centre in December 2012.

Mr Dudley's head was crushed and he died instantly after going under the back wheel of the double-decker bus during rush hour traffic.

A total of seven eye witnesses said they saw Edward Connors throwing the punch that caused him to fall into its path.

After his arrest, the accused told Gardaí it was an accident and claimed he was actually trying to grab him after he fell off the footpath.

But after several hours of deliberating, the jurors found him guilty of manslaughter.

At his sentence hearing today, the victim's mother Noeleen Dudley spoke of the physical pain felt by her and her family in the wake of her son's death.

Edward Connors is deaf and needed a sign language interpreter to communicate her words to him.

From the stand, she described Eoghan as a "beautiful, thoughtful and complex human being with hopes and dreams".

Mr Connors is due to be sentenced shortly.

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