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Police Torture Dead Boy’s Mother

If your child died violently and a policeman later quietly told you that semen had been found on the corpse, what would you think?


You wouldn’t think at all. You’d go insane.

You’d go fucking nuts and you’d want the pervert murderer cut up in small pieces and fed to rabid dogs.

Wouldn’t you? I would. In fact, I’d probably go out and cut the fucker up myself, and so would you. You’d feel the very same, and that’s exactly the state of mind Majella Holohan was in when she gave a victim impact statement to the court before Wayne O Donoghue’s sentencing. Who could blame the poor woman, whose son had died in such circumstances and who had recently learned that semen had been found on his body? Semen that matched the DNA profile of the self-confessed killer.

That seems to be that. Nothing else to discuss. Wayne O Donoghue is obviously a sexually-motivated killer, isn’t he?

Well, actually, no, he isn’t. You see, semen samples are strange things. In a sexual assault, semen cells don’t go around in hundreds. They’re always present in stupendous numbers: hundreds of thousands. Millions. Those little fuckers are very numerous indeed, and when you find a sample of two hundred, you have to be very suspicious because this kind of number is the sort of thing you find when people have bumped against each other. You could contaminate me with this level of DNA by passing close to me in a bar. If you’d recently got yourself laid, you could leave a semen sample on me, you dirty bastard.

Now, the semen sample found on Robert Holohan’s body was at most 200 cells: the sort of minuscule sample that can easily be transferred by light contact, and the sort of sample that was thoroughly discredited in the recent Omagh bombing trial.

Likewise, if you shared a bathroom with several teenaged boys, all of whose DNA is close enough to yours to give a positive result, you’d be contaminated, and you’d leave a positive sample on somebody you struggled with.


And yet, the Irish police chose to go to the mother of this poor dead child, killed by accident, and reveal the fact that this highly questionable sample had been found on his body, but without explaining how shaky the evidence was.


What did it achieve?

Three things.

It served to torture a poor woman who had been summarily robbed of a young son.

It served to blacken the name of Wayne O Donoghue, who had accidentally caused the boy’s death and who will suffer as a result for the rest of his life.

And yet again it showed up our police force as a deeply unprofessional and cynical organisation who’ll get you by character assassination if they can’t secure a conviction through the proper channels.

In all this pathetic saga, what was poor Majella Holohan to the police? Simple: Majella was a means to an end, and they couldn’t give a rat’s arse what sort of torture they’ve caused the poor woman with their misinformed, ignorant, scientifically-illiterate whispering campaign.

The gobshites.

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Here’s another one I wasn’t going to write about. Is there no end to it?

We’re either talking about Wayne O’Donoghue, the murdering, child-abuser, according to the mother of the dead little boy or Wayne O’Donoghue, the victim, according to an alternative view.

Where are we going with this?

Last week, Paul Carney, the trial judge, criticised Majella Holohan for presenting a series of facts to a jury during the course of a victim impact statement. Majella Holohan is the mother of Robert, a young boy killed by Wayne O’Donoghue. She mentioned, among other things, that there was evidence of semen on the boy’s body.

Well, there you have it. What more evidence do you need? What happened seems plain enough in the face of such stark facts, doesn’t it?

Well, no, actually.

Let me give you another example of stark facts that seem to point in a particular direction.

In this very city, not too long ago, a homeless English man climbed into a commercial rubbish bin and fell asleep. In consequence, the refuse company came along in the morning and killed him.

Now, those are the facts, but they don’t tell you the story. Those facts are a lie, even though they are correct.

What really happened was that the refuse workers hooked up the bin to the truck without knowing the man was inside, and he was crushed to death in the truck’s mechanism.

In Wayne O’Donoghue’s case, he was one of the few people who could get through to Robert Holohan, a very difficult child with ADHD. He gave Robert a lot of his spare time and Robert’s parents were grateful for his help. Wayne had a life of his own. He was a bright student, many years older than the boy. He had an academic career and a grown-up life separate from Robert. He had a new car, his pride and joy, like many twenty-year-olds.

One day, Robert Holohan asked his friend Wayne to drive him into town. Wayne refused. Robert, who was unused to being refused anything, began to throw stones at Wayne’s new car. Wayne got out, grabbed Robert, struggled with him and things got out of hand. In the unequal struggle, Robert was injured and died.

That was when Wayne lost it.

He carried Robert into the bathroom of his house, attempted to revive him and then wrapped his body in a mat. He put the body in his car, drove to a remote location and hid it. Disgracefully, he took part in the search for the missing Robert and allowed everyone to continue hoping the child was still alive for another week.

Eventually, Wayne was charged with the boy’s killing and was convicted of manslaughter.

Those are the facts.

At the trial, Robert’s mother was afforded the opportunity to give a victim impact statement, and she painted a picture in which Wayne O’Donoghue was a vile paedophile killer. A picture in which traces of semen were found on the child’s body.

Why was semen found on the child’s body? Simple: three adolescent boys shared the bathroom, and anyone with a fragment of sense knows that where there are adolescent boys there is always semen.

In her desire for vengeance, Majella Holohan chose to overlook this fact.

In my opinion, no crime at all took place.

Wayne O’Donoghue was one of the few friends that this very difficult child had in his entire difficult life. By offering his time to support Robert’s harassed mother, Wayne O’Donoghue ended up in jail for a crime he never committed. He simply tried to restrain a hyperactive, violent child and ended up somehow overusing his superior strength, with the result that the child lost his life.

In my opinion there was no intent to commit any sort of crime, and therefore Wayne O’Donoghue should never have spent a second behind bars, never mind becoming a nationwide hate-figure simply because he was denounced by a mother blinded by grief.

That’s the problem with bald facts. They almost never tell the truth.

Police Torture Dead Boy’s Mother
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