Man found guilty of murder in 'chihuahua' case while second accused gets manslaughter

Found guilty of murder: Josh Turner
Found guilty of murder: Josh Turner

One man was convicted of murder and a second of manslaughter for killing a man with an axe during an argument over a pedigree chihuahua.

Wayne Cluskey (25) of Mooretown, Ratoath, Co Meath was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter for the killing of Christopher Nevin at Tailteann Road, Navan on November 19, 2015.

Josh Turner (24), of the same address, was convicted of Mr Nevin's murder. 

Angry scenes greeted the verdicts with the wife of the dead man, Lisa Nevin, hurling a plastic water bottle in the direction of the two accused but instead hitting one of the defending junior barristers.

Gardai removed Ms Nevin from the court as she shouted at Wayne Cluskey: "You brought in the axe."

Outside the building, Mr Nevin's family and friends stood shouting while gardai kept the families of the convicted men inside.

Found guilty of manslaughter: Wayne Cluskey

The jury of nine men and three women reached both verdicts by ten to two majorities after more than two days of deliberations. Justice Patrick McCarthy thanked the jurors and told them they are exempt from jury duty for ten years.

He remanded Cluskey and Turner in custody until February 27 for a sentencing hearing.

Prosecuting counsel Michael O'Higgins SC said Mr Nevin's family will make a statement on that date.

Counsel for Wayne Cluskey asked for a prison governor's report to be supplied.

Eoin Reynolds