Prison sentence for Letterkenny man after vicious assault

first_imgA LETTERKENNY man ‘with a propensity for violence’ was given a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for his part in a vicious assault. Keith Boyle (22) of 11 Derryveagh Avenue, Letterkenny was before Letterkenny Circuit Court where he was arraigned on two counts of assault on Daniel Sweeney and one of making off without payment. Boyle has been in custody since April 2019 on these charges and tendered a guilty plea.The Court heard that there is a co-accused in the case, who is currently on the run.“The co-accused man brought a hammer to the situation,” Barrister for Boyle, Mr Peter Nolan, told the court.Ms Fiona Crawford, BL, state prosecutor, gave the court a victim impact statement for Mr Sweeney.“I am not surprised that it is bounded to have such a negative impact on his life, massive emotional and psychological impacts,” Judge John Aylmer said.“There is nothing in the victim impact report of Mr Sweeney that is of any surprise, given the serious nature of the injury inflicted in this assault.” Barrister for Boyle, Mr Peter Nolan, said that Boyle’s co-accused had produced a hammer, which was used in the assault of Mr Sweeney, inflicting a ‘nasty fracture’ to his knee.Mr Nolan said that the fracture was caused as a result of a blow from the hammer. “He is a troubled individual,” Mr Nolan said of Boyle who, the court heard, has ‘a worrying number’ of previous convictions and who has a high risk of reoffending.“Mr Boyle was going to meet Mr Sweeney regarding a girlfriend. Mr Sweeney took off when the hammer was produced by the co-accused. The co-accused is on the run and, as far as Mr Boyle is concerned, he got him into a situation which escalated in its entirety.”Mr Nolan described Boyle’s involvement as ‘stupid, aimless and he was drunk’.Judge John Aylmer placed the offences in the mid-range and said Boyle had ‘a propensity for violence, particularly when he is under the influence of alcohol’.Keith Boyle (North West News Pix)Judge Aylmer deemed a sentence of three-and-a-half years appropriate.Judge Aylmer said he was happy to ignore the fact that Boyle had ‘thrown a bit of a wobbler on the advice of a genius in prison to alter his plea’ and took into account the early plea and the fact that the defendant had ‘laboured under ODD and ADHD’.“When he is not under the influence, he has a good work record, there is a good reference here and someone is still prepared to employ him,” Judge Aylmer said.“There are reasons to be optimistic of the chances of rehabilitation. I want to incentivise that but recognise the seriousness of the offences.”Judge Aylmer suspended the last 12 months of the sentence. The Judge bound Boyle to enter into a bond of €100 to keep the peace for a period of 18 months subsequent to his release. The sentence has been back-dated to take into account the fact that Boyle has been in custody since April.Prison sentence for Letterkenny man after vicious assault was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Fiona CrawfordJudge John AylmerKeith BoyleletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPeter Nolanlast_img read more

South African children’s voices heard in London play

first_img21 October 2015The experiences of children from Rammulotsi township in Free State province is getting global attention on stage in London.Directed by Danny Boyle, The Children’s Monologues Anniversary Gala Performance will take place on 25 October at the Royal Court Theatre in London. In South Africa it will be performed by the children themselves on the same night.The monologues relate the stories from over 200 children who were asked by the Dramatic Need charity to describe a day they will never forget. They shared their stories in Sesotho and playwrights adapted them for the stage for the first time in 2010.Watch more about the 2010 version here:The anniversary performance has an all-star line-up, including acclaimed actors and actresses such as Nicole Kidman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor and James McAvoy. They will be performing the monologues.#BenedictCumberbatch discussing the #childrensmonologues + why they matter, watch for a special announcement today!— Dramatic Need (@Dramaticneed)October 18, 2015We are so excited that @NazaninBoniadi is joining the #childrensmonologues. Cast/Tickets:— Dramatic Need (@Dramaticneed) October 8, 2015The storiesBoyle told British newspaper The Guardian that the stories were raw, and described them as gut-punching. “They have that directness that you find with children anywhere,” he said. “Kids can’t compartmentalise or filter traumatic stuff so they just say it. With that directness comes this terrible heart-wrenching intimacy.”The testimonies from the children were adapted by playwrights including David Hare, Laura Wade, Neil LaBute, James Graham and Jack Thorne. Topics range from small moments of childish discovery, to more serious issues such as sexual abuse and the effects of Aids.The Children’s Monologues were first performed in 2010. (Image: Wikipedia)“You don’t always want to know these things are going on in the world, especially to children, but when those actors get up on stage in London it will mean that another thousand people hear those stories, and that those kids really have a hell of a voice,” Boyle said.“Part of the brief is translating the piece into something which has slightly more metaphor to it, and something that theatre does really well is find the meaning and humanity underlying the facts [and turn it] into something which can become universal and meaningful and therefore relatable,” said playwright Wade of converting the stories for the stage.About Dramatic NeedDramatic Need is a non-profit organisation that helps children use creative art as a form of expression and self-discovery.“We work in rural areas of Rwanda and South Africa to provide creative arts education, resources, support and inspiration for children and youth,” the organisation explains. “We promote creative expression as a tool for conflict resolution, social development, gender empowerment and for the communication of positive health messages.”Source: The Guardian and reporterlast_img read more

Wood Soil & Water Conservation District prevent plant cover crop program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Wood Soil and Water Conservation District is announcing a prevent plant cover crop program for cost share on cover crops. Producers who were unable to plant their corn or soybeans should contact the district about adding cover crops to their fields. Kris Swartz, Wood SWCD board supervisor, thinks cover crops are the clear winner for the situation. Cover crops are a good agronomic practice; they hold the soil and nutrients that have already been applied. Cover crops support the soil health initiative as well.Follow Wood Soil & Water Conservation District on Facebook, go to, visit the district office at 1616 E. Wooster St. Suite 32 Bowling Green, OH, or call 419-354-5517#4 for assistance in selecting cover crops and enrolling in the program.last_img read more