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Man charged with manslaughter of hunter who died from shotgun blast

Diarmuid Byrne
Diarmuid Byrne

A man has been charged with the manslaughter of an outdoor sports enthusiast who died from a catastrophic gunshot wound to his head and neck.

Trevor O'Gorman (44) appeared before Cork District Court on a single charge of the unlawful killing of Diarmuid Byrne (41) on April 26 last at Plunkett Road, Ballyphehane in Cork.

Mr O'Gorman of Sarahville Place, Pouladuff Road, Cork did not address the court during the brief hearing.

Sergeant Mark Canny said that, after he was arrested, cautioned and charged at Togher Garda Station, Mr O'Gorman made no reply to Gardai.

Judge Leo Malone was told the matter will be dealt with by indictment before

Cork Circuit Criminal Court on the instructions of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Inspector Billy Dwane said the book of evidence in the matter is not yet ready and he applied for the matter to be adjourned.

Inspector Dwane said the State had no objection to Mr O'Gorman being remanded on bail once he signs on daily at Togher Garda Station and surrenders his passport.

Judge Malone remanded Mr O'Gorman on bail to appear again before Cork District Court on December 21 next.

He granted free legal aid and appointed solicitor Majella Graham after being told that Mr O'Gorman is unemployed.

He said that a decision on the appointment of a senior and junior counsel is one for a later date.

Mr O'Gorman, who appeared in court wearing a black suit and black shirt, made no comment as the matter was adjourned.

An inquest into the death of Diarmuid Byrne (41) was adjourned last month on the application of the gardaí.

Cork Coroner Philip Comyn agreed to the garda adjournment request after medical evidence was heard as to the cause of Mr Byrne’s death.

The 41-year-old was pronounced dead in his home at Plunkett Road in Ballyphehane, Cork on April 26.

Gardaí had been alerted after a single round had been discharged from a pump-action shotgun which was legally held by Mr Byrne.

The keen hunter and outdoor sports enthusiast died at the scene before he could be rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

Another individual had raised the alarm.

The shotgun was apparently discharged from very close range in Mr Byrne's home.

The single-barrel weapon was legally held and was reloaded by a pump-action mechanism.

A full post mortem examination was conducted by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster at CUH.

She said Mr Byrne was identified from dental records.

He had died from severe trauma to the frontal part of his brain.

Mr Byrne had suffered multiple lacerations to the brain and brain stem due to a gunshot wound.

The deceased, nicknamed ‘Byrnsie’, was originally from Waterford but had been living in Ballyphehane over recent years.

He was known in the tightknit community as a hunting enthusiast who was also a devoted dog owner.

Mr Byrne, who is understood to have served with the Defence Forces, was very experienced in the handling of firearms.

The deceased, who was single, worked over recent years with a Cork building supply firm.