No life term for manslaughter
Sir -- I disagree with Eilis O'Hanlon's reference to the manslaughter of Brian Casey and the murder of Leslie Kenny (Sunday Independent, November 14, 2010).
The two men who killed Mr Casey were charged with, and convicted of, manslaughter, which does not carry the mandatory life sentence. Mr Kenny allegedly threatened the family of Brendan O'Sullivan, who was convicted of his murder. Even if that allegation is true, it does not give Mr O'Sullivan the right to take the law into his own hands. If Mr O'Sullivan was genuinely in fear of Mr Kenny, he should have reported the matter to the gardai. He shot the victim in the chest and hip before reloading the gun and shooting him through each knee. In other words, he acted with malice aforethought, which is the distinction between murder and manslaughter.