THREE men will be sentenced next week for the brutal killing of a “hapless and defenceless’’ man who they bludgeoned with a hammer in his flat last year.
Christopher Wright (22), Richard Chester (23) and James Jordan (20) all pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Andrew Lorimar at his home in Portlec Place, Lurgan.
Crown counsel Terence Mooney QC told trial judge Mr Justice Weir that around 10.40 pm on night of February 3, 2012, police received a 999 call.
The caller stated: “Mourneview estate. Portlec Place. Man just been beaten to fuck. Get there. Paramilitaries.’’
He said that police carried out an initial search of the area but were unable to find anyone.
However, two days later around 10 am on Sunday, February 5, the Ambulance Service received a call saying a man was “badly beaten’’ in flat 5a Portlec Place.
It later emerged the caller was Richard McVeigh who had ransacked the victim’s flat and was later sentenced for burglary.
Police and paramedics attended the scene and found Mr Lorimar. “It was obvious to them than the victim was already dead and rigor mortus had already set in.’’
A post mortem examination on the victim revealed that he had sustained a large number of blows to his body including nine fractured ribs, including four which had broken in two.
The victim, a separated father-of-one, also suffered a punctured and collapsed lung which eventually led to his death.
A pathologist said that the Mr Lorimar had sustained “blunt force trauma’’ to his body, possibly from feet.
Wright, of Mount Zion House, Chester, of no fixed address and Jordan, of Princess Street, all Lurgan, were later arrested and questioned by police, said Mr Mooney.
They claimed that they were waiting for a friend Richard McVeigh at the flats when Mr Lorimar came out and invited them in.
The defendants told police that Mr Lorimar had put on pornographic films on television and then touched Jordon “on his ass’’.
It was then that Wright punched Mr Lorimar in the face and a hammer was brought in from the kitchen which was used to assault the victim.
However, Mr Mooney said there was “no foundation’’ to their claim that Mr Lorimar had homosexual tendancies.
He told the judge: “This was an attempt to blacken his character and he is not here to defend himself.’’
Defence QCs for all three defendants told Mr Justice Weir that their clients were deeply sorry for the attack on Mr Lorimar which led to his death.
Greg Berry QC for Wright said: “There is genuine remorse rather than crocodile tears on the part of this defendant.’’
He suggested an appropriate sentence for Wright of between eight and ten years.
Counsel for Jordan told the court that the death of Mr Lorimar, “he felt like taking his own life.
He added: “He says that what they had done was sickening, was disgusting and he is ashamed of what they done.”
Mr Justice Weir said: “This is a very serious but also a very sad case.’’