Niall was beaten downstairs. He was brought upstairs to Richard and Theresa’s room and not his own bedroom which was on the same corridor. They rang Solicitor for advice. Solicitor advised them to clear the house. Aunt May was sent to bed.
Aunt May was last to see Niall alive downstairs ( Allegedly ) but surprisingly the Gardaí never took a statement from her. Also her statement was not included in the family statements handed into the Gardai by solicitor Liam Lysaght ( Who also acted for Niall )
Although May’s statement was dated 15/July /1985 it was not handed over to the Gardai until 13/aug/1985. Also her signature on statement is very different to signature she signed giving evidence at Inquest.
The Jury at the inquest retired at 11:55 am. 13 minutes later they returned. The foreman Mr Billy Bracken read the verdict.
“It is the unanimous verdict of the jury that Fr. Niall Molloy died as a result of acute brain haemorrhage consistent with having suffered a serious injury to the head”
At the Inquest Dr Harbison said :-
” Fr Molloy appeared to have been kicked on the left side of the lower jaw and the inside of the thigh. The injury on the right side of the lower jaw lends itself to possible causation by foot. The blow was possibly inflicted with a fist but a shod foot was more likely”
Richard Flynn testified that he was in bed and wearing pyjamas when the alleged attack took place. In bed with shoes on ?