The Paddy Lyons murder trial got under way this week at the Central Criminal Court.
Ross Outram from Clonmel, Co Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 90 year old Mr Lyons from Ballysaggart, Lismore, at a time unknown between February 23 and February 26, 2017.
The trial, which is expected to last for two weeks, is being presided over by Mr Justice Paul Coffey and a jury of eight men and four women.
The small village of Ballysaggart was devastated by the shocking death of the well known and much loved retired farmer in February of 2017.
Mr Lyons, who was an only child and bachelor, lived alone in a single-storey farmhouse about one kilometre from Ballysaggart village. At the time of his death, locals described him as a ‘well-liked and friendly pensioner who had a word for everyone’.
Speaking about the tragic circumstances of Mr Lyons death, Lismore councillor, Declan Doocey, said the community was ‘devastated’ over the tragedy and the incident was ‘heartbreaking’ for those who knew Mr Lyons.