A 28-year-old man who ‘ambushed’ a father-of-one at a homeless camp in Cork city center before punching and kicking him to death has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Imothy ‘Timmy’ Hourihane, 53, choked on his own blood after being killed by James Brady and another man, whose name cannot be released for legal reasons, in a tented village for the homeless on Mardyke Walk in the early hours of October 13 was attacked, 2019.
Brady, of Shannon Lawn, Mayfield, Cork, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Hourihane, a former chef who once worked for the Hilton group in England.
He later admitted to manslaughter of Mr Hourihane after a witness at the Central Criminal Court in Waterford testified that the accused and his accomplice repeatedly kicked the victim’s head and body and kicked him in the groin during the ongoing assault.
After a four-week trial, the jury unanimously convicted Brady of manslaughter on the state’s proposed murder charge.
Sentencing Brady today, Justice Deirdre Murphy described the unprovoked attack that killed Mr Hourihane as “brutal and ferocious and fueled by alcohol and drugs”.
Noting that several bystanders tried to help the badly beaten victim as he lay on the ground, the judge added: “It is probably cold consolation to the family that Mr Hourihane was not completely abandoned at the hour of his death. “
Ms Justice Murphy also said that the fact Brady “still denied the core evidence in the case, that is, he repeatedly stepped on the recumbent body” of his victim meant she was unconvinced to take a discount on the headline of 13 to apply for years.
She said Brady’s claim that his involvement in the attack was limited to slapping Mr Hourihane in the face was refuted by three witnesses at the trial.
But the judge said she found the defendant – who had already been convicted of theft and public order offenses – was now a reformed prisoner and was serving the final two years of the 13-year sentence to encourage further rehabilitation.
A post-mortem had revealed that Mr Hourihane, originally from the Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork, had suffered a collapsed lung and severe facial and head trauma as a result of the attack. The cause of death had been inhalation of blood and cardiac arrest.
At a hearing last month, a testimony on the effects of the sacrifice of Mr Hourihane’s only son, Elliot Hourihane, was read to the court.
In his statement, read by prosecutor Siobhan Lankford SC, Elliot Hourihane said he will forever be “haunted with horror” that his father was killed.
Elliot Hourihane told the court there were “no winners, only losers” in the case, adding his only hope now is that the family can get justice for his father.
He also said he was hoping he could somehow help his father change his life and get him out of homelessness – but that chance has now been taken away from him.
“Nobody should have to go through something like this,” said Elliot Hourihane, now in his 20s.
In a victim statement by Timothy Hourihane’s brother Denis, which was also read by Ms Lankford, Denis Hourihane recounted how his “life sentence” began the moment he was asked to identify his brother.
He said the sight of his brother’s battered and bruised body in the morgue will “live with me forever” and he “cannot imagine” how much his brother must have suffered the night he was killed “in the most brutal way”. was killed.
Earlier at the same hearing, Detective Sergeant James Buckley told Ms Lankford that the tent village where the fatal attack took place was an “area frequented by alcohol and drug addicts”.
Det Sgt Buckley said witnesses said Gardaí they saw Mr Hourihane being “attacked” by one man while another was restrained.
“Timothy Hourihane is then severely assaulted and sustains head trauma,” he said.
Ambulances were called after bystanders came to Mr Hourihane’s aid and he was taken to Cork University Hospital, where he died of his injuries shortly afterwards.
Defense attorney Vincent Heneghan SC told the court that the defendant had known the deceased for nine years and had expressed remorse for his actions.
Mr Heneghan said his client was leading “a chaotic lifestyle” at the time of the offence, and he now prays for his victim “every day”.
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