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Ten years for Mayo manslaughter

An “accomplished boxer” with a Roscommon address has been sentenced to ten years in prison, with the final two suspended, for killing a mother-of-two in Claremorris in December 2013.

23 year old Ray Gralton, with an address at Mount Prospect, Roscommon, had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 28-year-old Sara Staunton at her home at Portagh, Mayo Abbey, Claremorris, Co Mayo.

The accused and the victim had been in what was described in court as a “turbulent relationship” in the 12 months before the killing

The Central Criminal Court heard previously that there had been a “strong culture of alcohol abuse and intoxication on both sides”.

The court also heard from Detective Sergeant Gary Walsh that Gralton was an “accomplished boxer” with 12 previous convictions, including public order offences

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