- A hand written Preliminary Post Mortem Report by Dr John Harbison, State Pathologist. This was recorded within 24 hours of Niall’s body being examined by him. His opinion is quite clear that he believed Niall’s death was as a result of a head injury. A mild heart condition he recorded was insufficient to cause death.
Dr Michael Farrell provided a report to Gardaí in recent years which outlines that Niall Molloy lived for between three and six hours after the initial assault. Dr Farrell was the Consultant Neuropathologist consulted by Professor John Harbison in 1985.
No copy of Dr Farrell’s 1985 report exists and no reference made to him in the Garda Investigation File
“The lack of a detailed explanation by the Flynn family about what took place at Kilcoursey House on the night of 7th/8th July 1985 has added considerably to the speculation surrounding the death of Father Niall Molloy”
SCRT – The Serious Crime Review Team in there final report ( 2013 ) state that ” The members involved in this current examination of issues were required to rely on the typed investigation file that was submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The original file, job books and exhibits have not been located to date”
http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR13000380 – No mention from Minister of documents missing from DPP’s Office.
Garda documents record that “There is no documentary evidence to show that the guests who attended the wedding in July 1985 were canvassed or interviewed”
Gardai neither sought or were given a list of the people present during the wedding celebrations.
Did they even request to see the Wedding Video or would that have been too much to expect from the Gardai ?
Dr Daniel O’Sullivan GP from Kilbeggan was a close friend of Richard and Theresa Flynn and Niall.
He was second Person ( allegedly ) to arrive at scene of Niall’s Murder Shortly after 2:00 am on 8th/July/ 1985.
At 4:00 am
It was recorded :-
Story from GP
“Beaten up by husband at home earlier this a.m. Husband involved in murder of Priest at same time
Bizarre story ratified by checking again with GP”
In August 2012 Dr Michael O’ Farrell, Histopathologist in his report to the Gardai confirmed the opinions of the other experts .He concluded that Niall had lived for 3-6 hours after he was assaulted.