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Scumbags who bludgeoned OAP to death had shocking history of crime

PURE SCUM: Matthew Cummins
PURE SCUM: Matthew Cummins

ONE of three thugs this week sentenced to life for beating a defenceless 64-year-old to death, was out of jail less than two weeks after having being granted automatic remission of 25 per cent off his sentence.

And the Sunday World can today, for the first time, reveal the sickening rap sheets of animals Matthew Cummins, Sean Davy and James Davy, who were sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday over the murder of Thomas ‘Toddy’ Dooley in Co. Offaly in 2014.

The trial heard how Mr Dooley suffered eight blows to the head with a baseball bat that smashed his skull and disfigured his face after the trio entered his Edenderry home.

His trio of killers – aged in their early to mid 20s – amassed more than 100 convictions for burglary and violent crime, leading homicide victim’s group Advic this week to say the state “failed Toddy”.

Thomas ‘Toddy’ Dooley

Cummins (22), was incredibly free to carry out the attack despite having amassed a total of more than 70 convictions in the space of just six years.

These included 25 burglary convictions, 20 convictions for criminal damage, six for arson, four for section two thefts, six breaches of the Road Traffic Act, one conviction for trespass, and another for possession of an article with intent.

Sean Davy (22), who was released from St Patrick’s Institution less than two weeks before the horrific murder of Mr Dooley, had been convicted of assault causing harm and sentenced to two years in prison on March 15, 2013.

Sean Davy

But the thug, who had already clocked up three convictions for burglary, two for criminal damage and another for breaching the Road Traffic Act, was free to kill because he was granted automatic remission of 25 per cent off his sentence.

Davy’s cousin James Davy (25), was also extremely well known to local Gardaí, having clocked up a sickening 21 convictions in the space of just two years.

James Davy

Four of these convictions related to criminal damage, five were for public order related incidents, one related to assault, one for possession of a knife, another for failure to appear and eight were for road traffic offences.

Speaking with the Sunday World, John Whelan of Advic said: “The state failed Toddy Dooley – this is a man’s life that could have been saved if sentences were being implemented properly.

“People need to realise that before violent criminals step inside prison after they are convicted, a quarter of their sentence is automatically taken off in remission.

“A secondary issue is the fact that many of these people are committing dozens of crimes and are serving the sentences concurrently. It all feeds into a justice system that does not serve victims or their families.”

The trial had heard how the trio let themselves into Toddy’s house through a window after a binge-drinking session.

Mr Dooley, who was described as “soft” by one Garda witness, sat in his armchair, opened a can of Budweiser and drank with the intruders.

Cummins claimed that “out of the blue” Sean Davy walked up behind Mr Dooley and beat him on the back of the head with the bat.

Sean Davy claimed that James Davy was responsible for most of the blows, and that he himself struck Mr Dooley once, but “not full force”. None of the three took responsibility for attempts to set Mr Dooley’s clothes and armchair on fire.

Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan said the murder was a “brutal, motiveless attack on this defenceless elderly man”.