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Man jailed for hitting man - who later died - with golf club

The jury failed to reach a decision on a manslaughter charge.

Saunders was found outside the Cabra House Pub on Fassaugh Avenue.
Saunders was found outside the Cabra House Pub on Fassaugh Avenue.
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A YOUNG DUBLIN man has been jailed for three years for swinging a golf club into the chest of another male outside his home in the early hours after St Patrick’s Day last year.

Paul Brannigan (24) was convicted by a jury earlier this month of assaulting Jason Saunders by head-butting him and striking him with a golf club.

The victim died shortly after the attack and Brannigan was charged with his manslaughter.

The jury also found him guilty of producing an article capable of inflicting serious injury in a fight. After a six-day trial and almost five hours of deliberation it failed to reach a verdict on the more serious charge of manslaughter.

Brannigan of Ratoath Drive, Finglas had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the two assault charges, the production of an article and the manslaughter of Saunders at Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra West on 18 March, 2014. He has nine previous convictions for road traffic matters.

CCTV footage

Detective Sergeant Thomas Lynch told the court that CCTV footage showed Brannigan headbutting Saunders. Later images showed Brannigan with a golf club in his hand.

He said a shop keeper during the trial had described seeing Brannigan swing a golf club violently at Saunders. He said the postmortem evidence was that Saunders had a fractured left rib.

Judge Patrick McCartan told the court that he was dealing solely with the charges to which the jury had returned convictions, but added that it would be “remiss” of him not to extend his “deepest sympathy to Mr Saunders’ family for their untimely loss”.

He imposed a three year sentence for the golf club assault to run concurrently to two years for the head butt.

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