Manslaughter Case in Ireland

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ASSESSMENT BRIEF

CRIMINAL LAW

Teacher:

Class:

Date of Issue: 23rd October 2012

Submission Details: 4th December 2012

Source: Irish Independent Newspaper, Irish Times Newspaper and the Irish Independent and Irish Times Websites. CRIMINAL COURT CASE

DATE AND TIME OF CASE

• The criminal case I studied was the case referred to as the ‘Road Rage Killing’.

• The case was previously held in the Dublin District Court on 12th October 2010 but was postponed so the State could complete the book of evidence for the case.

• Which the trial had been held on 24th April 2012 in Dublin Central Criminal Court. This is the criminal case I have compiled all my studies through media and other law sources for the assessment brief.

NAME OF PERSONS INVOLVED

The names of the people involved in the case were:

• Defendant: Mr Karl Donohoe, a crane worker, aged 31, of Boulevard, Bealing Village, Tyrellstown, West Dublin. Originally from Fisherman’s Wharf, Ringsend, Dublin at the time of the altercation.

• Plaintiff: Directors of Public Prosecution (DPP)

• Victim: Mr Raymond Bates, a construction worker, aged 49, from Peterlee in Durham, England. (Father of 3)

NAME OF BARRISTERS, SOLICITORS AND JUDGE

The names of the people involved in the case were:

• Defendant: Mr Karl Donohoe, a crane worker, aged 31, of Boulevard, Bealing Village, Tyrellstown, West Dublin. Originally from Fisherman’s Wharf, Ringsend, Dublin at the time of the altercation.

• Plaintiff: Directors of Public Prosecution (DPP)
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• Victim: Mr Raymond Bates, a construction worker, aged 49, from Peterlee in Durham, England. (Father of 3)

• The Judge of the Central Criminal Court Dublin who handed down the final sentence was Mr Justice Paul Carney.

• Defence Solicitor was Michael Kelly acting Mr Karl Donohoe. • Barrister who was senior counsel for defence acting Mr Karl Donohoe was Brendan Grehan.

• Prosecution Barrister was Isobel Kennedy acting for the DPP. Who accepted Mr Donhoe’s plea for manslaughter.

BACKROUND OF THE CASE /WHY IT ENDED UP IN COURT

The names of the people involved in the case were:

• Defendant: Mr Karl Donohoe, a crane worker, aged 31, of Boulevard, Bealing Village, Tyrellstown, West Dublin. Originally from Fisherman’s Wharf, Ringsend, Dublin at the time of the altercation.

• Plaintiff: Directors of Public Prosecution (DPP)

• Victim: Mr Raymond Bates, a construction worker, aged 49, from Peterlee in Durham, England. (Father of 3)

• The attack occurred after an altercation at the junction of Tritonville Road, Sandymount Road and Newbridge Avenue in the south Dublin suburb of Sandymount.

• This led to Mr Bates suffering serious head injuries after being struck by Mr Donohoe with a hurley stick several times.

• The attack was fuelled by ‘road rage’ Mr Bates insisting Mr Donohoes was a useless slow driver and quotes “Don’t be breaking like a f***ing fanny, just drive your f***ing car”. After tailgating Mr Donohoe for some time then Mr bates finally over took him mounting a centre island on the road. Mr Donohoe quoted he feared he was going to be rammed off the road.

• Due to the fact he had his 18 month old baby girl in the back he acted in an extreme manner as witnesses said he looked “like a man possessed”. After striking Mr Bates Mitsubishi Pajero a couple of times Mr Bates exited his vehicle with his hands mounted in the air when he tragically struck by the hurley stick on numerous occasions with the one fatal blow happening to be on the left side of his temple.

• Mr Bates and Mr Donohoe both drove away from the incident but later that day after the altercation Mr Bates was rushed to St Vincent’s University Hospital he was later transferred to Beaumont Hospital, where he fell into a coma and died exactly 4 days after the attack 30th...
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