Teenage killer's provocation claim


Lawyers for a teenager with intellectual disabilities found guilty of killing a pensioner claim there were circumstances of provocation.

Brendan McGovern (19), of Killahurk, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim, is to be sentenced next Monday for the manslaughter of John Golden (73), whom the killer claims sexually abused him as a child.

The teenager has admitted assaulting Mr Golden at his home in Nedd, Doogarry, Killeshandra, in Co Cavan, on October 6th, 2010.

Mr Golden died in hospital from septicaemia and hospital-related complications just over a month after he was found unconscious under his bed.

Mr Justice Paul Carney remanded McGovern in custody to be sentenced at 11am next Monday.