Laide retrial 'shock'.
THE grieving mother of Brian Murphy yesterday told of her shock at the decision not to retry a man previously convicted of his manslaughter.
The retrial of Dermot Laide, 23, for killing the student outside Club Anabel in Dublin, had been due to take place today.
But the DPP is now expected to pull the plug on the case because of former State Pathologist John Harbison's ill health.
When contacted by the Irish Daily Mirror, Brian's mother Mary Murphy said she was "shocked" at the news.
She confirmed the family would attend today's court sitting in Dublin but added: "We have nothing else to say."
Laide, a former student of Blackrock college, served 19 months of a two-year sentence for violent disorder after teenager Brian's death. He was initially also convicted of manslaughter but this was later quashed on appeal as unsafe.
Laide, from Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, was released from jail last September but was awaiting the retrial.
Sean Mackey, 24, from Foxrock, Dublin, was also convicted of violent disorder and sentenced to two years which he has served.
Desmond Ryan, also 24, of Dalkey, Dublin, had his conviction for violent disorder quashed.
The court did not order a retrial. Ryan was originally given a nine-month sentence but never spent time in jail.
A fourth accused, Andrew Frame, 22, from Donnybrook, Co Dublin, walked free from court when he was acquitted of violent disorder.
Brian, 18, died after a fracas in the early hours of August 31, 2000, outside Club Anabel at the Burlington Hotel in Dublin.
He and the four accused were pupils at Blackrock, one of the state's oldest and most venerable schools.
During the original trial his mum Mary said she had tried to write an impact statement explaining how she felt in the aftermath of her son's brutal death by recounting details of his wake, funeral and burial.
COURT: Dermot' KILLED: Brian Murphy died outside nightclub
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|Date:||Apr 24, 2006|
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