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Man appears in court charged with manslaughter of homeless French chef

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The alleged attack took place on Lower Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork
The alleged attack took place on Lower Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork

Daniel O’Sullivan (22) of Carrowkeel, Mallow, Co Cork was charged with the manslaughter of Vincent Morgain (27) on September 10.

Mr O’Sullivan was remanded in custody after being charged before a special sitting of Cork District Court today.

He is charged with the manslaughter of Mr Morgain following an alleged incident at Lower Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork city.

Mr Morgain, a chef by profession who came from Brittany in northern France, died in Cork’s Mercy University Hospital (MUH) last Tuesday.

He had been rushed to MUH on September 10 after he sustained injuries in an alleged assault in the city centre.

He died five days later having failed to recover from his injuries.

Judge Olan Kelleher was told by Garda Bryan Murphy that O’Sullivan told them, after being cautioned and charged, that: “There is not much
I can say to the charge.”

Judge Kelleher was told by Inspector John Deasy that gardai were objecting to bail in the case given the serious nature of the charge.

Gardai were also concerned about whether O’Sullivan would comply with future court requirements.

Gardai also expressed concern about various witnesses in the case.

Defence counsel, Eddie Burke, confirmed his client was formally seeking bail and would fully comply with all State requests.

He pointed out that his client had been at liberty since Thursday, after he was questioned by gardai, and had complied with all requests since then.

Mr Burke confirmed that his client had a number of drug and alcohol issues but would comply with all State requests including that he adhere to a curfew, that he stay out of Cork city centre and have no absolutely contact with any garda witnesses known to him.

Judge Kelleher refused bail given the serious nature of the charge.

He remanded O’Sullivan to appear again before Cork District Court, via video link, on Thursday next.

Mr Morgain had worked for a time as a chef in Killarney but had fallen on hard times and lived rough for a period.

He had been relying on homeless support services over recent times.

By Ralph Riegel