Arranmore murder trial adjourned

The trial of a man charged with murdering another man on Arranmore Island two years ago was adjourned yesterday.

The trial of a man charged with murdering another man on Arranmore Island two years ago was adjourned yesterday.

The court was told that the accused required medical attention.

Stephen Boyle (41) is accused of murdering Paul Boyle (19) at Early’s Bar, Leabgarrow, Arranmore, Co. Donegal 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.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy told the jury the trial could not proceed for the moment as the accused needed medical attention.

“The accused is not well. I am satisfied he requires medical attention”, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy told the jury.

Earlier in the week, Tara Boyle testified that 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”.

The court that heard she met her brother in one bar before he went to Early’s pub. She said he had not drunk that much and was talking to the accused. 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.

Paul was lying at the bar on the ground and there was a lot of blood in front of him. “I couldn’t move - I just started screaming”, she said.

Under cross-examination she was unaware that her brother was being paid a week in hand and that he was missing shifts.

The trial is due to resume today before a jury of six men and six women presided over by Mr Justice McCarthy.