Leitrim
teenager
sentenced to six years

A Carrigallen man was sentenced to six years in detention after being found guilty of the manslaughter of a pensioner two years ago. The final four years were suspended.

A Carrigallen man was sentenced to six years in detention after being found guilty of the manslaughter of a pensioner two years ago. The final four years were suspended.

Brendan McGovern, 19, from Killahurk, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim was found guilty earlier this year of the manslaughter of John Golden, 72, in his home at Nedd, Doongarry, Killashandra, Co Cavan.

Mr McGovern had previously claimed that Mr Golden had sexually assaulted him “two or three times” when he was younger and that he had asked for his working hours at a local petrol station be cut in order to avoid Mr Golden.

The court heard that Mr McGovern, who was found not guilty of murder, had been drinking in a pub on the night of September 6th, 2010. He then saw Mr Golden smiling at him through one of the windows. Mr McGovern said this made him “mad” and he made his way to Golden’s house nearby to confront him. The court then heard that while inside the house, Mr Golden dropped his trousers, handed McGovern a condom and told him “begod, you can do what you want.” Those present in court then heard how the teenager injured Golden in the rectum, scrotum and around the eyes and head. He also suffered two fractured ribs and contusion of the brain.

Sentencing Mr McGovern, Mr Justice Paul Carney said the case was unusual as there was no victim impact statement due to Mr Golden having no next of kin or extended family. He also said that six years was an appropriate sentence, however he suspended the final four having taken into account the evidence of a clinical psychologist that McGovern’s intellectual abilities lay “between low average and mild disability” and noted McGovern’s “previous good character and strong work ethic.”

Justice Carney also granted a request that the sentence be detention rather than imprisonment.