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

9 days agoKevin Keen delighted to be back with West Ham

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kevin Keen delighted to be back with West Hamby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKevin Keen is delighted to be back with West Ham.The former midfielder is West Ham U18s lead coach.“It’s great to be back,” said Keen to the club’s website.“It’s been fantastic to go back to Chadwell Heath and see the new training ground – I’d not been back here for seven years. There’ve been amazing changes – what facilities for the players to play on.“It’s a completely different environment now. We had a lot of portacabins, and everyone was more or less on that site. All of a sudden, we’ve got an environment, a building, that’s just for the U18s and younger, and it’s absolutely amazing.” last_img read more

TRC Chair Sinclair says child welfare system perpetuating work of Indian residential

first_imgAPTN National News WINNIPEG–The child welfare system is continuing the work of the Indian residential school system by alienating Indigenous children from their culture, says the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.TRC Chair Murray Sinclair spoke to chiefs at the Assembly of First Nations annual meeting held in Winnipeg Tuesday. AFN chiefs are meeting to elect a new national chief.Sinclair delivered an update on the work of the commission, which has been delving into the dark history of residential schools by collecting survivor testimony and historical documents that chronicle the more than century-long existence of the schools.Sinclair said he saw many similarities between residential schools and the child welfare system in how they have treated Indigenous children.“The issue of child welfare is an important topic,” said Sinclair. “If you think about it, residential schools were really not about education, they were about taking children away from their family…they were a huge child welfare system and we see the ongoing impact on that role in the child welfare system. The child welfare system is perpetuating the work for residential schools in many ways.”Sinclair said the commission’s final report, expected to be released by July 1, 2015, will include a section on the child welfare system.He also mentioned the work of Cindy Blackstock, who heads the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and her human rights complaint against Ottawa.In the complaint Blackstock alleges the federal government has grossly underfunded First Nation child welfare systems.Blackstock also spoke to the AFN chiefs.Sinclair said the TRC’s final report would include a section on genocide. He added that a large section of the report will deal with the issue of reconciliation.“We want everyone to understand that reconciliation is not just an Aboriginal program,” said Sinclair. “All of Canada needs to accept responsibility for the reconciliation path we are on.”Sinclair said the final report would discuss those students who were excluded from the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement, which gave birth to the TRC. Students who attended day schools or sanitariums were not included in the settlement.Sinclair said the final report would also be touching on the issues of poverty, the legacy of residential schools and murdered and missing Indigenous women. He said the first two volumes of the report would focus on the history of residential schools.The TRC plans to celebrate the end of its mandate next year from May 31 to June 3. Sinclair said a walk for reconciliation is planned for Ottawa on May 31.“We would like you all to be there,” said [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo We dominated the game for 90 minutes

first_imgJuventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has shared what he thinks about Manchester United and Juventus.He states that Man Utd did do enough to win the game while Juventus could’ve killed it off three or four times.The Portuguese international scored his first and memorable Champions League goal in a Juventus jersey by allowing Leonardo Bonucci ball dip over his shoulder before he hit his right-foot on the ball that sent it into the roof of the net from 10 yards. However, the goal didn’t guarantee success for his team as they were eventually beaten 2-1 by two late Manchester United goals from set plays.“The Champions League is a special competition, where you could be winning, but can’t relax, as anything can happen,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We dominated the game for 90 minutes, had so many chances, could’ve killed it off three or four times, but we relaxed and were punished.”“Manchester United did nothing to win the game. You can’t even talk about luck, because you have to find your own luck and in this case we just gifted it to them.”“Now we’ve got to lift our heads, as we played really well and are still top of the group.”last_img read more