Saturday 16 December 2017

'I'm delighted the animals will rot'

Nicola Donnelly

THE younger brother of shooting victim Desmond Kelly said "my family is getting justice" as two men were jailed for life.

Speaking after the sentencing of Patrick O'Brien and Thomas Stewart, Jonathan Kelly (21) said: "I am relieved they are after getting two life sentences each. My family is after getting justice.

"Today was a good day in a lifetime of bad days and I am so delighted that those animals are going to rot in prison.

"I don't know the motive but justice has been served."

In a victim impact report, the Kelly family said "words cannot describe the loss and devastation" they have experienced.

"Dessie will never get the chance to see his three children make their Communion, Confirmation or walk up the aisle," it said.

The family of Breda Waters, who was shot dead, said she was "the heart and soul of the family."

"We are heartbroken and crushed at what Patrick O'Brien and Thomas Stewart did to you.

"We got justice for you today and hope you are at rest now."

Ms Waters's older sister Annie said: "She was the mother of three children and the happy soul of our family."

Irish Independent

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