#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 9°C Tuesday 28 September 2021
Advertisement

Man jailed for eight years over death of 'vulnerable pensioner' in house fire

The man was 16 at the time of the offence.

Aaron McDonagh was sentenced today at the Central Criminal Court.
Aaron McDonagh was sentenced today at the Central Criminal Court.
Image: Shutterstock

A 21-YEAR-old man has been jailed for eight years for killing a vulnerable pensioner by setting fire to his home five years ago.

Aaron McDonagh (21), of no fixed abode, had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 61-year-old Gerry Marron on 21 March, 2016. He was 16 at the time.

He had also pleaded guilty to committing arson on the same date by setting fire to Gerry Marron’s house at St Macartans Villas, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, intending to damage it or being reckless as to whether it would be damaged and intending to endanger the life of another or being reckless as to whether the life of another would be thereby endangered.

Mr Justice Michael White sentenced the man, who has a learning disability, to nine years on each count, and suspended the final year.

Both sentences are to run concurrently.

More to follow…

#Open journalism No news is bad news Support The Journal

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support us now

About the author:

Natasha Reid

Read next:

COMMENTS (13)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel