A Roscrea man has been acquitted of the manslaughter of Offaly publican Matt Farrell during a burglary of a pub nearly three years ago.
Eddie Wing (31), had pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of 64-year-old Mr Farrell and to burglary at the Gaelic Bar, Daingean, Co Offaly on April 1, 2009.
During the burglary Mr Farrell suffered heart failure after he was beaten, bound with a dog lead and left to die.
It was day eight of the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court. The jury of seven men and five woman had spent just over four hours over two days considering the verdict.
Members of the Mr Farrell’s family cried out when the verdict of not guilty was read out.
Judge Patrick McCartan thanked the jury for their service and said it had been a difficult case given the sad events involved.
He extended his deepest sympathy to the family for their great loss. He said he hoped they understood justice has it’s own way and has to be protected and respected.
During the trial the main prosecution witness was described as a “jailhouse informant” and gave evidence that Mr Wing confessed to the killing while the pair shard a cell in the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise in late 2009.