Arranmore manslaughter case: sentencing delayed

A man who killed a teenager in a bar on Arranmore has had his sentence hearing adjourned for over two weeks.

Last month a Central Criminal Court jury found 41 year-old Stephen Boyle not guilty of the murder but guilty of the manslaughter of Paul Boyle, aged 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.

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.

Counsel for the defendant, Mr Michael O’Higgins today asked the court to defer imposing sentence to allow for the compilation of an updated psychiatric report.

A victim impact statement by members of Paul Boyle’s family was handed in to the court but was not read in to evidence.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy remanded Stephen Boyle in custody and said he would adjourn the hearing until March 29 next.