The father of Niall Dorr made an emotional statement following the sentencing of Douglas Ward to 16 years in jail for the manslaughter of his son in Dundalk on October 13, 2010.
Reading the victim impact statement David Dorr who is from Mohill said, “A new chapter in our lives begins now and sadly Niall is not in it. We will hold very dear his memory and will never let go.”
Douglas Ward with an address at Loughantarve, Knockbridge, Co Louth pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the Central Criminal Court with the court hearing that a group, including Mr Ward approached Niall Dorr and two of his friends and a row subsequently broke out. Mr Dorr, who was a champion kickboxer, attempted to stop the row before he was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head by Mr Ward. It was reported in court that Mr Ward continued to attack Mr Dorr even after he became unresponsive.
It was reported that a witness described to gardai seeing Mr Ward “bouncing” Mr Dorr’s head off the road up to 10 times and kicking him in the head a number of times, adding Mr Dorr was, “like a rag doll and totally unresponsive.”
Niall’s mother Veronica is also from Mohill and he was well known in the area as he was a regular visitor to see his grandmother Maura Foy and his many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Speaking on the steps of the court with his wife Veronica and son Shane beside him David Dorr said, “Nothing can ever bring Niall back or take away the pain and suffering which we have endured since that terrible night.”
“Niall was the peacemaker and didn’t want harm to come to anyone. But little did he know that he was dealing with blood thirsty thugs. To knock a person unconscious and then to repeatedly bang his head off the ground and kick his lifeless body into a pulp is just the stuff of animals,” added Mr Dorr.
David Dorr also urged the public to carry donor cards saying, “Niall was an organ donor and his legacy is that five people are still alive today after receiving transplants of his organs. We would urge everybody to follow his example and carry an organ donor card.”
Mr Justice Carney described the actions of Mr Ward as being “outside the pale of human civilization.” Mr Ward was sentenced to 16 years in prison with the final three years suspended and ordered that Ward undergo 18 months’ post-release supervision and to keep away from the Dorr family.
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