Man found guilty of manslaughter of Dundalk taxi driver Martin Mulligan
The man accused of the murder of Dundalk taxi driver Martin Mulligan has been found not guilty of the charge by a jury at the Central Criminal Court this afternoo
Joseph Hillen of Glendesha Road, Forkhill, Co Armagh, had pleaded not guilty to the murder of the 53-year-old at Carnmore, Balriggan, Dundalk, on September 28th 2015.
While he was found not guilty of the murder, he has been found guilty of manslaughter by a majority verdict.
According to The Irish Times, the 24-year-old admitted from the outset of the trial to stabbing the taxi driver to death following an alleged row over illegal dumping. but said the deceased pulled the knife on him.
A jury of nine men and three women spent five hours and 29 minutes considering their verdict. The foreman of the jury said the decision was a majority verdict with ten agreeing and two disagreeing. Justice Eileen Creedon thanked them for their service and set a date of December 3rd for a sentencing hearing. Prosecution counsel Patrick Treacy SC said the victim’s family will make a statement on that date.
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