Deceased’s sister gives evidence in Arranmore Island trial

A woman has given evidence that a man on trial for murdering her brother on Arranmore Island was his former employer and that her sibling said the accused “owed him money”.

41-year-old Stephen Boyle is accused of murdering 19-year-old Paul Boyle at Early’s Bar, on the island 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 at the Central Criminal Court.

Tara Boyle told the court her younger brother Paul had worked for Stephen Boyle, who had his own construction company in London, in 2008 and that he said the accused "owed him money".

She said her brother had been to a funeral earlier in the day before going to Letterkenny before returning to Arranmore and he went out that night with some friends.

The court heard she met her brother in one bar before he went to Early’s pub, that he had not drank that much and was talking to the accused. Ms Boyle told the court she did not know what the accused was drinking but that it was in a pint glass.

She said she was next door in the bar and she heard someone shouting: “Tony, don’t,” but she did not know who it was. Ms Boyle told the court she went into the lounge and “everyone was on top of Stephen Boyle”.

She says her brother was on the floor covered in blood.

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