Jury sworn in for Arranmore Island murder trial

A jury has been sworn in for the trial of a man accused of murdering another man on Arramore island two years ago.

41-year-old Stephen Boyle is accused of murdering 19-year-old Paul Boyle at Early’s Bar, Leabgarrow, Arranmore on October 3, 2009.

Mr Boyle of Austen House, Cambridge Road, Kilburn Park in London has pleaded not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

The Court was told the accused had admitted killing Paul Boyle but what they had to decide was whether this amounted to murder or a lesser crime of manslaughter.

Paul Boyle who was from Arranmore was out on the night of October 2, 2009 with his father and friends.

The court heard Stephen Boyle left for London in 1988 and came back and forward to a house he built on Arranmore.

One night in a bar on the island Stephen Boyle was talking to Paul Boyle, the court heard the pair “didn’t get on well” and there was a row about money.

Paul Boyle who worked for Stephen Boyle in London was of the view that he was owed £400.

After the row Paul Boyle and his group moved to Earley’s Bar and Stephen Boyle arrived there later.

Stephen Boyle then came up with a Heineken glass and “stabbed it into Paul Boyle’s neck”.

The court was told there were two major wounds and two minor wounds in his neck.

It was also told Paul Boyle was brought to the mainland to Letterkenny Hospital but he died at 10.20am on October 3.

The trial continues before a jury of six men and six women presided over by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.