Donegal men cleared over homeless man’s death in Australia

first_img Previous articleConcern at increasing levels of Covid-19 in DonegalNext articleTraffic calming measures sought for Ramelton approach road News Highland Two Donegal men have been acquitted of murdering a homeless man after arguing they were attacked by the 66 year old after a night out in Sydney.Nathan Kelly, 23, and Christopher McLaughlin, 25, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Paul Tavelardis, who died nine days after an altercation in Grosvenor Crescent, Summer Hill, on December 29, 2018.Both accused men, from the Inishowen area, had spent more than 20 months on remand and have since had their working holiday visas revoked.Over the three-week trial, the jury had heard the two men had been drinking heavily throughout the afternoon and evening before the incident.When they returned to where they lived, the two men said they found Mr Tavelardis trying to break into Mr McLaughlin’s ute.Both men’s barristers said, after a short conversation, the older man struck out at Mr Kelly with a metal pipe.Both men had argued they never formed intent to kill or cause really serious harm and had responded to an attack by Mr Tavelardis, who lived in his car on the street.The Crown had argued the younger men had repeatedly hit the pensioner after he fell to the ground – a claim denied by both men.After deliberating for almost a week, the NSW Supreme Court jury returned not guilty verdicts to both murder and manslaughter. Facebook Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – September 21, 2020 Donegal men cleared over homeless man’s death in Australia Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Google+center_img Facebook Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more