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Top professor to provide medical report over teen accused of unlawful killing of Belcoo schoolboy Oisín McGrath

By Michael Donnelly

A top London professor is to provide a medical report in the case of 19-year-old student Francis McDermott accused of the unlawful killing of Belcoo schoolboy Oisín McGrath.

His defence team had been given until after the Easter recess to find a new medical expert after the Republic of Ireland's State Pathologist, Prof Marie Cassidy returned the case papers, saying that she felt it was "outside her field of expertise". 

On Tuesday defence QC Martin Rodgers told Dungannon Crown Court that a Prof Mark Wilson, of Imperial College London, was prepared to submit a report.  Mr Rodgers said that although they were "awaiting legal-aid", the top neuro-vascular expert hoped to have a report within three to four weeks.

However, this was dependant on the professor being furnished with all medical reports in the case, which are expected from the prosecution shortly.

Judge Stephen Fowler QC while adjourning the hearing for a further review on June 16 next, however, said that if the report becomes available before then, the court should be informed.

As in previous review hearings, McDermott was excused having to attend. He denies the manslaughter of 13-year-old Oisin, who died on February 9, 2015, fours days following the incident in the playground at St. Michael's College, Enniskillen.

The now university student, from Camphill Park, Newtownbutler, who was 17 at the time of Oisin's death, is currently on his own bail of £500.

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