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Males sentenced over brutal homicide of Edward Meenan

Father-of-nine Edward Meenan who was murdered in Derry in November 2018

Two males responsible of the homicide of Edward Meenan from Derry in 2018, and one other man responsible of his manslaughter, have at this time, Tuesday, fifth July, been sentenced at Belfast Crown Court docket.

Mr Meenan’s physique was present in an alleyway behind Creggan Avenue within the metropolis shortly earlier than 2.45am on twenty fifth November, 2018, with vital accidents to his head and physique.

The 51-year-old had been overwhelmed viciously with 52 stab wounds inflicted on his physique and greater than 100 indicators of assault, together with two damaged legs. His physique had been partially stripped bare.

Sean Rodgers, aged 34 years previous and of no fastened abode, was discovered responsible of the homicide of Edward Meenan following a trial whereas Derek Creswell, aged 30 years previous and who’s initially from Derry, pleaded responsible to homicide throughout the trial. Ryan Walters, 23 years previous and from Crossgar, was discovered responsible of the manslaughter of Mr. Meenan.

Sean Rodgers was sentenced to life imprisonment, and can serve a minimal of 18 years for homicide. He was additionally sentenced to 5 years for perverting the course of justice, which is ready to run concurrently.

Derek Creswell was sentenced to life imprisonment, and can serve a minimal of 15 years.

Additionally operating concurrent to this, he was sentenced to 3 years for perverting the course of justice and three years for assault.

Ryan Walters was sentenced for eight years for manslaughter – half to be served in custody and half on licence.

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Talking after sentencing, the senior investigating officer main the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell from the Police Service’s Homicide Investigation Staff mentioned: “Foremost in our ideas at this time, are the household, family members and mates of Edward Meenan who was the daddy of 9 youngsters.

DCI John Caldwell

“His youngsters have been robbed of a lifetime of reminiscences, their lives and people of his family members shattered by the wicked and savage actions of his killers.

“Edward Meenan misplaced his life in probably the most brutal, sickening and tragic method.

“He was tortured, and suffered an horrific demise, subjected to a brutal and sustained assault that was mindless. What he will need to have went via in these ultimate minutes of his life is unimaginable.

“Dropping a cherished one isn’t simple however, for the household and mates of Edward Meenan to lose their cherished one in such a savage and degrading method, which confirmed a whole disregard for human life, is coronary heart breaking.

“I hope that the sentences handed all the way down to his killers will give Edward Meenan’s family members, and all those that have been left devastated by his demise, a level of closure and a way of justice. We hope now the Meenan household can grieve correctly now these convicted killers are behind bars.

“Our neighborhood is safer now these males have been convicted and sentenced.

“I wish to pay tribute to the Meenan household for the dignity and power they’ve proven all through the previous nearly 4 years in what has been a protracted, troublesome and painful course of.

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“I might additionally wish to pay tribute to the area people within the metropolis who got here ahead with info which assisted our detectives throughout this investigation, our Prison Justice Companions – the Public Prosecution Service and Forensic Science Northern Eire – and our devoted staff of detectives who’ve labored tirelessly to carry these three males earlier than the court docket to make sure they’re held accountable for the heinous crimes they dedicated.”

Males sentenced over brutal homicide of Edward Meenan was final modified: July fifth, 2022 by cassoscoop