Six years for Arranmore manslaughter

A 41-year-old man who killed a teenager in a bar on an island off the Donegal coast has been sentenced to six years in prison.

A 41-year-old man who killed a teenager in a bar on an island off the Donegal coast has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Last February, a Central Criminal Court jury found Stephen Boyle not guilty of the murder but guilty of the manslaughter of Paul Boyle (19) at Early’s Bar, Leabgarrow, Arranmore on October 3, 2009.

Stephen Boyle, of Austen House, Cambridge Road, Kilburn Park in London had denied murder but had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

During the trial, the court heard that the father-of-one stabbed Paul Boyle in the neck with a glass after a row involving a number of people at around 2.30am on the night in question.

Paul Boyle, who had celebrated his 19th birthday just three weeks earlier, was brought to the mainland by lifeboat but he died in Letterkenny Hospital at 10.20am on October 3.

Today (Tuesday) Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy sentenced Boyle to six years in prison, backdating it to October 2009 for time already spent in custody.

He noted that the accused had pleaded guilty to manslaughter which dilutes the imposition on the prosecution.

Judge McCarthy said Boyle had a number of previous convictions of a minor nature but said he would disregard them in relation to sentencing.

He also noted that Paul Boyle’s family went through a great deal of trauma and that his parents were particularly traumatised.

The judge took account of a psychiatric report which said Boyle was of minimal risk of re-offending and that nine persons had given him the highest references.

He also noted that a defence of diminished responsibility was used during the trial but that the jury did not accept it.

Mr Vincent Heneghan BL prosecuting told the court on that date the prosecution did not accept that there was minimal risk of reoffending but that it accepted the decision of the jury.

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