Two plead guilty to Parkmore killing

Parkmore Murder victim Davy Neill. INPT38-209
Parkmore Murder victim Davy Neill. INPT38-209

Two men have pleaded guilty to killing Parkmore father Davy Neill in September 2012.

The case was due to go to trial this week but Craigavon Crown Court heard on Tuesday afternoon that pleas were to be entered.

Kevin McCartney (28), who is originally from Enniskeen, pleaded guilty to murder.

Daniel McCartney (21), originally from Enniskeen, pleaded not guilty to Mr Neill’s murder but guilty to his manslaughter.

A third man Deividas Neimontas (18) from Enniskeen pleaded guilty to affray but the murder charge was left on the books.

Both Daniel and Kevin McCartney, who gave his address as Antrim Road, Belfast, were remanded in custody. Neimontas is on bail.

All three will be sentenced on April 3.

Mr Neill’s daughter Kirsty Cahoon, who held her dad as he lay dying, said the Portadown Times that her family are hoping justice will be done.

Kirsty, mum Cathy Cahoon and sister Nicole Neill were left devastated by his death in September 2012.

Kirsty, who was with her father when he was fighting for his life, told the Times. “We are hoping justice will be done and they get life for taking a life.

“We were all dreading the court case and reliving that awful night when daddy died. We are all glad we don’t have to go through a trial.”

And Cathy Cahoon, Mr Neill’s partner, was surprised at the late pleas.

She said she was relieved David’s children did not have to go through a prolonged court trial.

Mr Neill was stabbed to death close to his Parkmore home a year and a half ago after his car and home were attacked.

The 46-year-old father of two bled profusely from a torso wound before dying at Craigavon Area Hospital.

Kirsty said they have all found the trauma of his violent death too difficult to bear.