Jury in Offaly murder trial hears man was beaten to death with baseball bat

Thomas ‘Toddy’ Dooley died from injuries to his upper body and head

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The jury in the trial of three men accused of murdering a 64-year-old man in Co. Offaly has heard he was beaten to death with a baseball bat.

Thomas ‘Toddy’ Dooley was found in his home in Edenderry in 2014 with injuries to his upper body and head.

He was found slumped on an armchair in the living room of his home at Sister Senan Court on February 16th, four days after three men in their 20s allegedly beat him to death.

James Davy of Thornhill Meadows in Celbridge, Sean Davy of Clonmullen Drive in Edenderry and Matthew Cummins of Churchview Heights in Edenderry all pleaded not guilty to his murder today.

It is the prosecution’s case that the three men spent February 11th 2014 drinking in a pub in Edenderry before going to a house party.

Mr. Paul Coffey, SC for the DPP, told the jurors they’ll hear evidence of the trio going to Mr. Dooley’s home in the early hours of Feb 12th 2014.

He said they’ll also hear there were attempts to set the 64-year-old’s armchair and clothing on fire.

It will be alleged that a baseball bat, which James Daly had in the pub with him, was instrumental in Mr. Dooley’s death.