Man (25) awaits sentence for killing musician

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Waterford musician, Damien O'Brien, who died following the assault in 2018.

A MAN who has admitted killing a young musician will be sentenced in May.

Craig McGrath (25), from Rathfaddan Park in Waterford, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

He was remanded on bail until May 24 when he will be sentenced in the circuit court.

Damien O’Brien (27), originally from Kilmacow in Co Kilkenny, died in hospital on July 13, 2018, six days after he received serious head injuries during an incident on John Street in Waterford.

McGrath was charged in August last year and last week. in Waterford Circuit Court, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Senior counsel Mary Rose Gearty told the court that Mr McGrath has been seeing a probation officer, in relation to a “much more minor matter” for which he is due to be sentenced, and “has been getting on very well”.

She suggested that her client be given the opportunity to continue working with that probation officer, but in circumstances that he knows he is facing a custodial sentence for the manslaughter offence.

She asked for her client to be remanded on bail to facilitate his involvement with the Probation and Welfare Service.

“It would give the probation officer enough time to assimilate the ramifications of the new charge,” she said.

There was no objection from the prosecution and Judge Eugene O’Kelly remanded Mr McGrath on continuing bail.

“I am directing that the probation report be extended to cover this offence and while the Probation Service are already working with him,” the judge said.

Conor O’Doherty, prosecuting, told the court that the sentencing hearing is likely to “take some time”.

Damien O’Brien was a keyboard player and vocalist with Waterford band Chimpanbee. The band paid tribute to Damien in an album recorded last October. It featured the last track he completed before his death.

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