15 YEARS FOR DUBLIN MAN WHO KILLED BOY AFTER SETTING DEN ON FIRE
A Dublin man convicted last month of causing the death of a boy 13 years ago by setting his makeshift den on fire while he was asleep inside has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Stephen Hughes was 12 years old in 2001 when he died in the fire.
54 year old Dermot Griffin of Ballyfermot Road in Ballyfermot had pleaded not guilty to manslaughter at Rossfield Avenue, Tallaght on September 1st, 2001.
But after a 13 day trial last May a jury found him guilty by majority.
This morning Judge Patricia Ryan imposed the sentence and backdated it to November 2012, when Griffin was taken into custody.