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 ?
” On 30th. July I examined the brain with Dr. Michael O’Halloran Consultant Neuropathologist at St Laurences Hospital.”
Each page of the report is initialed by Professor Harbison.
THERE WAS NO NEUROPATHOLOGIST AT ST. LAWRENCES HOSPITAL OR REGISTERED IN THE COUNTRY AT THAT TIME OR BEFORE.
The Gardai after their recent investigation (???) were unable to explain this as all the original notes are missing.