Court tells Greystones man that it will reserve its judgement

A Greystones man who was found guilty of the murder of his friend in 2010 has been told that the Court of Criminal Appeal would reserve its judgement in relation to an appeal.

Thomas O’Connor hit John O’Brien across the head with a rock after they had been drinking together at Farrankelly Road, Delgany.

O’Connor admitted killing O’Brien but denied murdering him but in 2011 he was found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury.

Mr Michael O’Higgins SC, told the court yesterday that the main point of appeal was the fact that he trial judge was incorrect in saying there was no evidence adduced at trial capable of grounding a partial or whole case of self -defence.

The presiding judge Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell said the court would reserve its judgement on the matter.

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