Hutchinson sentenced to seven years for 2014 manslaughter
A man who was convicted of manslaughter following a ‘single punch’ incident in Dundalk, nearly two years ago was yesterday given a seven-year sentence at the local Circuit Court.
Charles Hutchinson, 33, with an address at Barton Park, Dundalk and formerly of Ashling Park, was convicted last November of the unlawful killing of 60-year-old Laurence ‘Michael’ McGeown from Toberona in 2014.
The court heard the victim was drinking in Fagan’s pub on the Castletown Road when a dispute arose between the accused and the barman over change from buying a packet of cigarettes.
A short time later Mr McGeown was punched on the side of his head by the accused.
He died six days later on March 4th 2014, from a subdural haemorrhage due to blunt force trauma, with liver cirrhosis a contributory factor.
Hutchinson, who had 21 previous convictions, including one for assault causing harm for which he received a two-year suspended sentence, apologised to the family of the deceased.
The court heard he had tried to deal with his alcohol dependency.
Passing sentence, Judge Terry O’Sullivan said the case was a tragedy from many perspectives and while the accused was remorseful and apologetic, that there were significant aggravating factors, including him being of very poor character.
He imposed a seven-year sentence with the last year suspended on Hutchinson entering into a good behaviour bond for two years.
He must also attend the Probation service for his alcohol dependency.
In her victim impact statement, Mr McGeown’s daughter Lisa said her father had been “my world” and they were in daily contact.
He was always there when she needed him and “my heart breaks every time I walk away from his grave.”
Speaking after the sentencing, she told RTÉ News: “My children have to live now without their granda but we all have to live with it now and it is never going to end. It is a living nightmare that is never gonna go away. I think justice has prevailed.”
Source: RTÉ News.