THE trial of two Thurles barmen accused of manslaughter was set to continue this Wednesday before a jury of six men and six women at Nenagh Circiut Court.
Hayes Hotel bar manager Gary Wright, 34, of Kilfithmone, Borrisoleigh, and Aidan Dalton, 28, barman, also of Kilfithmone, Borrisoleigh, have both pleaded not guilty to causing the death of Graham Parish, 26, from Lomeshaye, Lancashire, on June 30, 2008. They are both charged with manslaughter through gross negligence under the liquor liability laws.
Mr Parish was a guest at the hotel and the trial before Judge Thomas Teehan has heard that Mr Parish died from acute alcohol poisoning.
The body of the civil engineer and father of two children was found in a room in the hotel on the morning of July 1, 2008.
The court has heard that Mr Parish was celebrating his birthday on June 30 and that himself and work colleagues from England, who were in Thurles to work at the Dew Valley Foods plant, had been drinking in the hotel bar. During the evening, the court has heard, Mr Parish challenged his friends to a drinking competition, culminating in the dead man drinking a mixture of spirits. Mr Parish subsequently fell off the barstool and was brought to the hotel’s Commercial Room, by his friends, where he was found dead the following morning by the hotel night porter, Mr Philip Mahony.
The landmark case began last Wednesday and is set to enter its fifth day this Wednesday. It continued this Tuesday in the absence of the jury.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star pages 2 and 3.