Inquest hears of islander’s death

Inquest hears of islander’s death
A young Arannmore islander died after a pint glass was smashed over his head from behind and then stuck into his neck in a bar on the island.

A young Arannmore islander died after a pint glass was smashed over his head from behind and then stuck into his neck in a bar on the island.

The inquest into the death of 19-year-old Paul Boyle of Plohogue on the island heard that he was attacked by Stephen Boyle (no relation) in the early hours of October 3rd, 2009, while out socialising with his sister and friends.

Letterkenny Coroner’s Court heard that Mr. Boyle died in the surgical ward of Letterkenny General Hospital around eight hours after he was attacked.

Mr. Boyle’s sister Tara told the court her brother had been talking with Stephen Boyle in Early’s Bar on the night. Later she heard shouting in the lounge and saw Paul lying on the floor covered in blood. She then started screaming her brother’s name.

Mr. Boyle was treated by first responders from the Arranmore life boat at the scene. He was taken by the lifeboat to Burtonport and transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital.

Sgt. Edward Griffin said inquiries following the attack led to the arrest of Stephen Boyle. Boyle was sentenced to six years in prison for the manslaughter of Paul Boyle in April last year.

Coroner John Cannon found that Mr. Boyle died from profuse bleeding, acute haemorrhagic shock, severing of a vein and artery in his neck, stabbing wounds to the left side of the neck and blunt force trauma. The coroner offered his condolences to the victim’s family and said Mr. Boyle was killed in a ”cold-blooded assault”.