Two men charged with murder of homeless man

Two men charged with murder of homeless man
James Brady pictured at Cork District Court charged in connection with the murder of Timothy Hourihane at Mardyke Walk, Cork.Pic Cork Courts

Two men have appeared before Cork District Court charged with the murder of a homeless man who was found dead at Mardyke Walk in the city last year.

James Brady (26) of Shannon Lawn, Mayfield on the north side of Cork city and Christy O’Sullivan (37) of no fixed abode were charged with the murder of Timmy Hourihane on October 30th, 2019.

Mr O’Sullivan faces an additional charge of criminal damage to a tent on the same date.

Detective Garda Oisin Cotter gave evidence of the arrest charge and caution of Mr O’Sullivan. 

He said the defendant made no reply when the charges were put to him under caution.

Garda Lorna Healy gave evidence of the arrest, charge and caution of Mr Brady. 

Mr Brady also made no reply when the charge was put to him following under caution.

Gardaí indicated that the DPP had directed that both men be tried by indictment at the Central Criminal Court. 

No bail applications were made at this juncture.

Judge Marie Keane granted free legal aid to both men. 

She said she didn’t have the jurisdiction to hear bail applications in the case.

Both men were remanded in custody to appear in court by video link next Friday. 

Books of evidence will be prepared in the interim.

Mr Hourihane (53) was a native of Kilcrohane in Bantry in West Cork. 

He worked for a period for the Hilton Hotel Chain in the UK having trained as chef.

The father of one had been sleeping in a “tented village” in the Mardyke near UCC. 

He was found unconscious and with injuries next to his tent on October 13th last year. He passed away at Cork University Hospital.

Mr Hourihane gave an interview to the Irish Times in Christmas day in 2017 whilst eating his Christmas meal at Penny Dinners in Hanover Street in Cork city. 

The charity provides daily meals to the homeless.

Timmy said he had a feeling of immense gratitude for the blessings of the day. He spoke of his delight in simple pleasures such as going to mass. He said it was important to try and acquire a black sense of humour whilst living on the streets.

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