PPS statement on sentencing in Robert Flowerday case

20 December 2019

The Public Prosecution Service has issued the following statement after Michael Gerard Owens was today sentenced at Belfast Crown Court to a tariff of 16 years and six months imprisonment for the murder of Robert Flowerday in January 2018.

Senior Public Prosecutor Kirsten McKevitt said: “The PPS Serious Crime Unit worked closely with the PSNI to build the strongest possible case against Michael Owens. 

“Together we prepared a robust prosecution case which resulted in a guilty plea to the murder of Robert Flowerday. 

“The circumstances of this case are particularly distressing – this was a brutal and shocking murder of a defenseless elderly man in his own home.

“Mr Flowerday was a loving brother, uncle and friend. He was also a retired teacher and a much respected tutor who helped many children through their exams. He is sorely missed by his family, friends and the wider community.

“This has been a deeply painful experience for Mr Flowerday’s family, and we thank them for the positive and dignified way they engaged with the PPS throughout.”