Sunday 19 November 2017

'Kieran deserves justice' - Family of man stabbed to death at Valentine's party start online petition

Kieran Monahan
Kieran Monahan
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The family of a man stabbed to death at house party almost five years ago have started an online petition calling the man who knifed him to be put on trial.

On Sunday, Independent.ie revealed how nobody has been charged with the death of Kieran Monahan.

The 21-year-old died from knife injuries following the attack at a house in Kilkenny City in 2012.

A 35-year-old man was arrested at the scene after he was discovered clutching a bloody knife. However a decision was made not to prosecute after the suspect claimed he was defending his home under the Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011.

The act came into operation in January 2012, just one month before the stabbing.

It is the only publicised case where this defence has been used in an incident involving a fatal injury.

James and Mary Monahan
James and Mary Monahan

Now his heartbroken family have started and online campaign to have the case reopened.

The petition, posted online by Kieran's sister Suzzie , asks readers to sign and share it "to get justice" for "Mono" (Kieran's nickname before he died). It has already been signed by nearly 500 people and the family say it will be delivered to the Director of public Prosecutions and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Kieran's mother Mary explained that there are “many unanswered questions” that remain about her son’s death.

“He didn’t deserve to die the way he did, I’d like to see something done about it,”she said.

“We don’t know the full circumstances, because we have been told too many stories by so many different people.”

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