October 2, 2022

Kilkenny musician assaulted in Waterford died of serious head injuries: inquest

A TALENTED young Kilkenny musician died as a result of serious head injuries in hospital a week after he was assaulted in Waterford city-centre, an inquest into his death heard today.

Damien O’Brien (28), the keyboard player with the up-and-coming band, Chimpanbee, died at Cork University Hospital on July 13 last year. He had been transferred to Cork from University Hospital Waterford.

Mr O’Brien from Fahee, Kilmacow, Co Kilkenny suffered serious head injuries when he was assaulted in John Street in Waterford city centre early on July 7, 2018.

Cork City Coroner’s Court today heard a post mortem-examination carried out by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Linda Mulligan found Mr O’Brien’s  death was the result of a traumatic brain injury caused by blunt force trauma to the head.

Insp Conor Dillon said gardaí had investigated Mr O’Brien’s death and that a man was currently before the courts in relation to the case.

He applied for an adjournment under Section 25 of the Coroner’s Act to allow the criminal proceedings conclude.

The Cork City Coroner, Philip Comyn granted, the application and adjourned the matter for mention until September 26.

Last month Craig McGrath (25) from Rathfaddan Park in Waterford city pleaded guilty at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court to Mr O’Brien’s manslaughter.

He is due to appear before the same court for sentencing on May 24.


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