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03rd Sep 2021

Irish man charged with causing death of Limerick student in Greece

The accused has been charged with “causing a deadly injury” to Niall O’Brien.

A 20-year-old man has been charged with causing the death of Niall O’Brien, who died in the town of Chora on the Greek island of Ios on Monday 30 August.

22-year-old Niall was a student from Limerick. He was visiting Greece on holiday.

The accused has not yet been named, but he is also Irish. He has been charged specifically with “causing a deadly injury” to the student.

A spokeswoman for the Greek police said that the man charged had been remanded on an €8,000 bail bond.

She said: “The defendant is accused of causing the deadly injury to the other man. He is free but he has been placed on restrictive measures, that he must declare his presence every month to the Greek consulate at his place of residence.

“He gave €8,000 as a guarantee, and there will be a trial at a later stage.”

His trial will take place at the nearest Greek consulate to his residence at a later date.

Niall O’Brien was on holiday on the Greek island with 20 others from his Financial Mathematics Class. Police say that the accused was not known to him.

It’s been reported that he got into an altercation with another man in the early hours of Monday morning. According to police, the accused struck Niall, who then fell onto a roadway and passed away from a fatal head injury.

The autopsy report has not been released.

Several members of the young man’s family have traveled to Greece over the past few days. They are currently liaising with the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust to fly out Niall’s remains for a burial.

It is understood that the family hope to have the body repatriated ahead of a funeral in the near future.