The family of publican Matt Farrell are ‘heartbroken’ after a man was acquitted of the publican’s manslaughter during a burglary of a pub nearly three years ago.
By Declan Brennan
Eddie Wing (31), with a previous address at Roscrea, Co Tipperary had pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of 64-year-old Mr Farrell and to burglary at the Gaelic Bar, Daingean, Co Offaly on April 1, 2009.
During the burglary Mr Farrell suffered heart failure after he was beaten, bound with a dog lead and left to die.
It was day eight of the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. The jury of seven men and five woman had spent just over four hours over two days considering the verdict.
Members of the Mr Farrell’s family cried out when the verdict of not guilty was read out.
Speaking outside the court after the verdict. Matthew Farrell, son of the publican Matt Farrell commented, “Family and friends are all disappointed. We thought a guilty verdict would come and it didn’t so we’re all heartbroken. What can we do only move on from here now?”
Describing his late father, he said, “He was well liked around Daingean. He was well loved. He was great. Everyone respected him. He ran the pub and he used to get on very well with everyone and we all loved him family as well.”
Asked about the impact of his death on his family he remarked, “We went through a lot the last three years so it’s been very hard the last three years, just dealing with it. It’s not a natural death so to deal with that was very hard. It’s been a long time.”
Asked whether gardai would continue with the investigation into his father’s death, Matthew Farrell stated, “I don’t know if they can or not. They probably have to wait for if something else comes to light.”