A 32-year- the old man was sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted of murder of John Paul McDonagh.
t took jury just over three hours of deliberations before they delivered a unanimous “guilty” verdict against Joseph Joyce.
Like her husband was removed from the dock and taken into custody prison staff, Ellen Joyce fell to her knees, started screaming and said, “My Joe didn’t want this. I wasn’t meant to happen. children and me, we need his. We need Joe.”
Mr McDonagh (aged 18) received fatal shin injury during street battle outside Enniskillen home of Joseph Joyce in April 2020.
In a trial that lasted three weeks, jurors of eight men and four women CCTV footage was shown showing fatal inflicted wound on Mr McDonagh.
In CCTV footage, Joyce can be seen standing. on in street outside his home.
Swinging a scythe hook in one hand and plastic bottle filled with ammonia in another, the footage captured Joyce exercising in what the Crown called “street battle” against brothers Gerard, John and Jimmy McDonagh.
frames also captured Joyce, manager fatal hit on back of Mr McDonagh left leg.
Despite the provision of medical assistance both at the scene and in Southwest Hospital Emergency Mr. McDonagh dies on morning of April 13, 2020
Since his arrest after death Mr McDonagh, Joyce made when he acted in self-defense and protect himself, his family and his meadow Kulkallen home from attack three brothers, who were armed with knife, bottle and garden shovel.
However, the jury rejected Joyce’s claims. of self defense and found he is guilty of the murder of Mr McDonagh.
father-of-three, with address in Klon Elag in Derry was also found unanimously guilty of wounding Gerard McDonagh during the same incident while carrying two weapons, namely a cutting hook and a bottle. of ammonia – and charge of causing a quarrel.
Before the jury reached their verdict, Joyce crossed himself. in dock of Dungannon Crown Court meeting in Belfast, and after a guilty verdict was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Mr Justice Rooney thanked 12 members of jury for his service, then turned to Joyce and said, “The only suggestion I can make give you are the life and so we will come back and deal with Tariff later.
“You will be notified when this happens and your bail will obviously be cancelled.”
Joyce will be sentenced for in murder of Mr McDonagh later.