Limerick loses appeal bid over murder of retired soldier

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live The CCJ in Dublin, where the Court of Appeal sitsA LIMERICK man jailed for killing a retired 71-year-old soldier at his home in March 2011 has lost his bid to overturn the murder conviction.The ruling means that Christopher McCarthy (24) of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell, will remain serving the mandatory life sentence he was given in 2014 for murdering James Boyce at St Munchin Street, St Mary’s Park in Limerick sometime between March 6 and March 7, 2011.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The original trial heard that he confessed the killing to his mother.The 24-year-old and the retired soldier were friendly with McNamara often helping out the elderly pensioner by lighting his fires and helping him with regular daily tasks.During the trial, the defence had asked that a manslaughter verdict be considered but the Central Criminal Court jury found McNamara unanimously guilty of murder after they deliberated for an hour-and-a-half.The State put forward the case that McNamara was involved in a robbery that went wrong as the pensioner kept his savings in the house.The retired pensioner died after he had been struck with a long striking edge during an assault.Mr Justice George Birmingham said that while the trial judge briefly dealt with the definitions of manslaughter and murder, he did so accurately as the trial had not thrown up any issues of any great complexity.“Having the jury focus on the ingredients of the offence of murder, the judge properly equipped the jury to decided whether to return the alternative verdict of manslaughter,” Mr Justice Birmingham said in his ruling.Therefore, it was the court’s finding that the application should be dismissed. Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Linkedin Facebook NewsLimerick loses appeal bid over murder of retired soldierBy Staff Reporter – March 8, 2017 1034 Previous articleKindness festival to create wave of kindness across LimerickNext articleLimerick take-away forced to close temporarily by FSAI Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email TAGSChristopher McCarthyCourt of AppealJames Boycelimerickmurder Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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first_imgI had a new book come out in February. The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More and Change the Way You Lead Forever is elegant, compact and already getting nice reviews. I’m really proud of it.And yet, this is the book I’ve come closest to abandoning. It’s taken me more than three years, at least four false starts, and a certain amount of head-banging despair to finally get here, something I didn’t experience with my other books. So what happened? And how did I make it after all?If you don’t know where you’re going, nobody else does either. The Coaching Habit is my fifth book, and I’d really thought I’d got the hang of things. Nope.I wrote a draft. I thought it was OK. (It wasn’t OK.)I hired a book agent. He’s a great agent, but it turned out that he only complicated my relationship with my editor. I fired my agent.I asked for a new editor at my publishing house. The new editor also didn’t like the first draft. After trying to push it through, I gave up for a while and sulked.I wrote a second draft. My editor remained unimpressed. I sulked some more. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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