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Christmas Eve killer pleads guilty to manslaughter

Christmas Eve killer pleads guilty to manslaughter

A man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for a Christmas Eve killing that claimed the life of a 42-year-old man two years ago.

David Shanley (47), of Courtown Harbour, Gorey, Co Wexford pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of John Lawlor on December 24 or 25th, 2014 at Ballinatray Lower, Courtown Harbour.

Counsel for the prosecution John O'Kelly SC said the plea of guilty to manslaughter is accepted.

Counsel for Mr Shanley Patrick Gageby SC added that there is a "complex inter-family relationship at play" in the case.

Justice Patrick McCarthy said that as Mr Shanley had "faced up to his responsibility", he would allow him to remain on continuing bail until a further hearing on July 22 when a probation report will be produced.

There was no objection to bail.