McGovern found guilty of manslaughter

Carrigallen teenager, Brendan McGovern, has been found guilty of the manslaughter of pensioner, John Golden, following a five day trial heard before the Central Criminal Court.

Carrigallen teenager, Brendan McGovern, has been found guilty of the manslaughter of pensioner, John Golden, following a five day trial heard before the Central Criminal Court.

The jury of six men and five women, returned the verdict after two hours of deliberation last Thursday. They found Mr McGovern not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of 73-year-old John Golden.

Mr Golden was rushed to hospital on September 7th 2010, after a neighbour found him unconscious. He died of septicaemia and other hospital-related complications a month later.

The accused claimed that Mr Golden had interfered with him in the past and he had gone to his house to confront him. He admitted during the trial, that he had kicked and beaten the pensioner.

The trial heard from a clinical psychologist who said the accused processed information at a slower pace than the average person and was of “clear intellectual deficit.”

In the closing arguments the prosecution argued that even if the jury took the view that Mr Golden had interfered with the accused, no person had the right to take the law into his own hands.

“If John Golden was a sex abuser, he was entitled to a fair trial,” said Bernard Condon SC, prosecuting, in his closing speech.

“What he was not entitled to happen to him was to be beaten on the ground in his bedroom, violated in the way he was, and left on the flat of his back for several hours.”

Patrick Gageby SC, defending, said there was no question of justifying a beating to someone, ‘no-matter what he has done to you’.

He argued that Mr Golden’s cause of death was given as a hospital-acquired illness and said his original head and rectal injuries were healing when he died.

Mr Justice Paul Carney remanded Brendan McGovern on continuing bail for sentencing in October.