Teen's killer gets safety warning on island return
Published 14/04/2014 | 02:30
A KILLER who stabbed a teenage boy to death with a pint glass has been warned by gardai about his own safety after he returned to the island where the attack took place.
The community of Arranmore Island off the west coast of Co Donegal has been ripped apart after Stephen Boyle returned there after completing his prison sentence.
A painted slogan about Stephen Boyle was daubed near the harbour at the weekend before being removed.
The 46-year-old was given six years for manslaughter in April 2012 after a Dublin jury cleared him of murder.
Teenage victim Paul Boyle died in hospital eight hours after being stabbed with a pint glass at Early's Bar on Arranmore on October 3, 2009.
The killer and victim were not related.
In April 2012, Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy sentenced Stephen Boyle to six years in prison, backdating it to October 2009, for time already spent in custody. He was released from Castlerea Prison in the past few days after serving four-and-a-half years. But his decision to return to the island has sent shockwaves through the 500-strong population.
Boyle, who also had an address in Kilburn, London, at the time of the killing, had denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
During the trial, the court heard that the father of one stabbed Paul Boyle in the neck with a glass after a row.
His killer said he has "no plans" to stay permanently on the island, friends claimed.
"Stephen knows what he did was wrong," a friend told the Irish Independent yesterday.
"He really doesn't want to cause any more difficulties and is leaving for London soon. Gardai have warned him that he is causing some upset locally."
Islanders were too afraid to speak out publicly. However, those who knew the victim said they were very angry. "If he had an ounce of decency or sensitivity, he'd leave," said one mother.