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A man 40-year-old jailed for a fatal stamping attack that left a homeless man “almost unrecognizable”

A man 40-year-old jailed for a fatal stamping attack that left a homeless man “almost unrecognizable”

Christopher O'Sullivan was found guilty of the manslaughter of Timmy Hourihane at a "tented village" in Cork city.

The 40-year-old man responsible for the brutal attack on a homeless person was handed a life sentence after his family members identified the unrecognizable body in the morgue.

Christopher O’Sullivan admitted to the killing of Timothy “Timmy” Hourihane in a tented village in Mardyke Walk, Cork City on October 13th, 2019. O'Sullivan is from Co Kerry.

The Cork Central Criminal Court heard that Mr Hourihane suffered major facial injuries, brain swelling, broken facial bones, and several battered teeth due to the attack. O'Sullivan was responsible for the assault along with an accomplice who has already been sentenced to eleven years in prison for their involvement.





Det Supt Michael Comyns has reported that the brutal attack on the victim was so severe that a tooth of his was found inside his stomach during autopsy.

Tragically, Mr Hourihane passed away due to asphyxiation and cardiac arrest, as well as sustaining a collapsed lung and severe facial & head injuries from an unexpected assault. A talented chef, he was the father of one.

Members of the public rushed to help Mr Hourihane, however, he, unfortunately, passed away shortly after at Cork University Hospital.

O'Sullivan was originally due to go to trial for murder, but he was found guilty of manslaughter last year after he was informed that such a plea was unacceptable in the State. He has an extensive history of committing serious criminal offences such as assault, robbery, burglary, vandalism, drug crimes & possessing knives - totalling 48 convictions.