A 40-YEAR-old man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of a homeless man from Kilcrohane who died from injuries sustained in an assault at a tented village in Cork City three years ago.
Christopher O’Sullivan was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court last week where he pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of former chef Timothy Hourihane (53) on October 13th 2019 at Mardyke Walk, Cork city.
O’Sullivan had originally been charged with murder and was due to stand trial in Cork on January 30th next year.
Of no fixed abode, he replied ‘guilty’ when the charge of unlawful killing was put to him by the registrar at the brief hearing.
Barrister Siobhan Lankford, for the DPP, told the Central Criminal Court that the plea to manslaughter was acceptable to the State.
Ms Lankford asked that the matter be put in for sentence on January 30th in Cork to facilitate the family of the deceased who are from the city.
Defence barrister Roisin Lacey SC requested a governor’s report on the accused.
Mr Justice Paul McDermott directed the preparation of the report and made an order for O’Sullivan to be produced on January 30th next for sentence.