Northern Ireland

Seamus Holland 'not treated as emergency'

A man who later died after being beaten by his two nephews was not treated as an emergency at an A&E department, Belfast Crown Court has heard.

Brothers Gerard Patrick Gaskin, 30, and Daniel Bernard Gaskin, 22, deny murdering 55-year-old Seamus Holland.

An ambulance technician said he called the Royal Hospital's A&E to say they were bringing Mr Holland in as an emergency.

However, he said a sister refused to treat him as such.

The trial has already been told that the Gaskin brothers, from Gortnamona Way, west Belfast, beat their uncle in the kitchen of his Upton Court home in the early hours of 21 November 2010.

They have also heard that although the ambulance arrived at his home just before 06:00 GMT, it took almost an hour to convince him to go to hospital and he did not receive treatment until 07:20 GMT.

While the prosecution allege that Mr Holland's death was brought about by the injuries he sustained, the defence contend that had he been treated, he would not have suffered a heart attack whilst in casualty.

Later on Friday, the jury also heard the first of a series of tape recorded interviews police held with Daniel Gaskin.

He told police: "We were not intending to kill him. He was only meant to get beat up."

The trial continues.

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