Former Wicklow Garda on trial for manslaughter in London

A court has heard that a a former Wicklow garda killed a drunken resident at a Salvation Army hostel by shoving him backwards out of a lift.

The Irish Sun reports that 64 year old Oliver Hurley is accused of pushing Manolito Chando with such force the Croatian was lifted off his feet and fell, suffering catastrophic head injuries.

Hurley, a former garda in Co Wicklow, told police the alleged victim, aged 56, had been a “pest” before the alleged attack in central London on March 24th , 2016.

Hurley, who is originally from Dublin, was quizzed and released on bail but returned to Ireland after hearing police had CCTV footage of the attack, jurors heard.

Hurley handed himself into Greystones Garda station on October 26, 2016 after an appeal went out to trace him on Crimecall.

He was arrested on a European Arrest Warrant six months later but fought it until he was brought back to the UK on January 31, 2017. Hurley is now ­representing himself at his trial for manslaughter at the Old Bailey.

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