Tuesday 23 January 2018

Girlfriend of stab victim reveals how she narrowly escaped death

Jennifer Hagan and (inset top) Shane Cleary, (inset bottom) Seb Creane
Jennifer Hagan and (inset top) Shane Cleary, (inset bottom) Seb Creane
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

THE girlfriend of a young man who was stabbed to death by her former boyfriend has spoken in a TV documentary about how she narrowly escaped death on the night of the tragedy.

Student Seb Creane (22) was fatally stabbed by Shane Clancy at his Bray home on August 16, 2009, and Shane's own body was later found at the rear of the house. He had suffered a number of self-inflicted knife wounds.

Jennifer Hannigan – an ex-girlfriend of Shane who was then seeing Seb – was also stabbed in the attack. She reveals how she feared she would also be killed but the handle of the knife broke off as she fell.

At around 3am on the night of the tragedy, Trinity College student Shane (22) had driven to Dunnes Stores in Cornelscourt, Cabinteely, Dublin, where he bought a set of knives.

He then drove to Bray where he stabbed Seb to death. He then stabbed Jennifer before stabbing Seb's brother, Dylan, and taking his own life.

He had been going out with Jennifer for three years up to March 2009. He ended the relationship, but became depressed when he found out she was seeing Seb.

In the TV3 documentary, Jennifer recounts how her former boyfriend looked like "the Tasmanian Devil" when he arrived at the house.


"All I heard was Seb screaming and saying 'What the f**k is that? F**k he has a knife. Run Jen, run'."

She said Shane kicked and hit her while she was on the floor but she managed to get up.

"Then he punched me and whatever way I fell, thank God, because then he just stabbed me straight in the back.

". . . With the force and the direction and wherever he got me, the handle broke and then he was gone."

Meanwhile, Seb's parents reveal that the tragedy almost broke their marriage. Nuala and Jay Creane speak about the trauma of losing their son.

Leonie Fennell also speaks about her disbelief that her son Shane could have been responsible for the tragedy.

"He loved children, he loved people, as far as I know he had never hit somebody in his whole life. How can that person be the same person that killed somebody else and himself?"

She has previously spoken about her concerns about anti-depressant medicine Shane was taking in the run-up to the deaths.

An inquest previously heard how the Theology student had "toxic-to-fatal" levels of anti-depressants in his system on the night in question.

The documentary 'A Search for Justice – Death in Bray' airs on Monday, March 10, at 9pm on TV3.

Irish Independent

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