The man accused of the manslaughter of Garda Robbie McCallion has been found not guilty.
Jamie McGrenaghan breathed a heavy sigh of relief as the jury at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal returned with a unanimous verdict.
The verdict was met with sobs and tears by the late Garda McCallion’s heartbroken family including his father Bob, mother Nancy, sisters Noirin and Deirdre and girlfriend Marie O’Donnell.
A number of the late Garda McCallion’s colleagues including his close friend Sgt Christy Galligan were left visibly stunned by the verdict.
19-year-old McGrenaghan, of Gortnathraw, Cashel, Kerrykeel had previously pleaded guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of Garda McCallion, 29 and also stealing a car.
The emotionally-charged trial, which lasted almost three days, ended when the jury returned with a verdict after two and half hours.
I just spoke to Stephen MaGuire from Donegal Daily who was in court today: