Matt Farrell manslaughter trial hears accused’s DNA was not found at the scene

The trial of a man accused of the manslaughter of an Offaly publican has heard that none of the DNA profiles found at the scene matched that of the accused.

The trial of a man accused of the manslaughter of an Offaly publican has heard that none of the DNA profiles found at the scene matched that of the accused.

Eddie Wing (31) with a previous address at Roscrea, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of Matt Farrell at the Gaelic Bar, Daingean, Co Offaly on April 1, 2009. He has also denied burglary at the Gaelic Bar on the same date.

During a robbery of a pub in Daingean, Co Offaly 64-year-old Matt Farrell had his hands bound behind his back and suffered blunt force trauma to the head and face. The grandfather and father-of-five suffered a heart attack and was found dead by his son the next day.

The trial has already heard evidence from a convicted burglar who said the accused man confessed to the crime while they shared a prison cell in late 2009.

Two forensic scientists from the Forensic State Laboratory told Mary Rose Gearty SC, prosecuting, that they examined a total of 83 different items as part of the investigation into the killing.

Dr Hilary Ramsbottom told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that none of the DNA profiles found at the scene could be matched to any of these references samples, which included a DNA sample of the accused.

She agreed with Conor Devally SC, defending, that the State’s key witness, known as a “jailhouse informant”, did not provide a sample of his DNA for comparison.

She said she was not asked to compare any samples found at the scene of another crime in which a man died during a robbery of a pub in Oughterard, Co Galway last year.

The court heard that as part of the investigation gardai examined CCTV footage from a wide radius around the village of Daingean. This included footage from Edenderry, Rhode, Kilbeggan and Tyrellspass. The investigation also included the taking of mouth swabs from a long list of “persons of interest” or potential suspects.

The jury heard that Mr Wing was arrested on May 21, 2010 and was detained for six days.

The trial continues before Judge Patrick McCartan and a jury of seven men and five women.

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