Clare Student Killed for being 'Gay'

Gay Community News has reported:

The jury at the murder trial of a student killed in Clare two years ago heard how the victim’s sexual orientation was a crucial reason for his murder.

During his closing speech in the trial of farmer Joe Heffernan, prosecutor Bernard Conlon SC told the Central Criminal Court that victim Eoin Ryan’s homosexuality was the apparent motive for his murder.

Heffernan, of Cappagh Beg, Ennis pleaded not guilty to murdering 21-year-old student Eoin Ryan and stuffing his body in a barrel on his farm, on June 7, 2011.

“He made a pass at me and I’m no queer. He’s the devil,” Heffernan reportedly told Gardaí when interviewed.

Patrick Gageby SC, defending, suggested that either a mental disorder or intoxication had caused his client to see the devil, and argued for a manslaughter verdict, reports The Independent.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy will charge the jury of seven women and five men on Monday.



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