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Young man brutally killed with screwdriver saved three lives having organs donated

Paul Manley
Paul Manley

Meadhbh McGrath

The mother of a young man who was savagely killed has spoken about the "comfort" she feels knowing her son saved the lives of three people when his organs were donated.

Paul Manley (26) died after he was stabbed in the head with a screwdriver on July 20, 2008 by Mark Morgan.

His brutal death is documented in the RTE Two series Young, Dumb and Dangerous, which tells the story of two brothers who carried out two of the most horrific killings in Dublin within two years of each other.

Mr Manley was rushed to hospital after being attacked, but he died 10 days later.

Now, his devastated mother Bernie has told of the “comfort” she felt knowing he had saved someone else’s life.

“The nurse called me into the room and asked me about donating his organs. That gave me a bit of comfort,” she told the Mirror.

“There are three people out there carrying a part of him. He saved three lives.”

On the night he was stabbed, Mr Manley had gone to confront a group of men, including Morgan, whom he suspected of stealing his car.

The RTE Two programme detailed how Morgan claimed he fell backwards during a fight with his victim, and reached behind to grab a rock but instead found a screwdriver.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was handed a seven-year sentence in 2010.

Just a few months after Morgan was jailed, his brother Martin killed a Polish man on his way to work.

Martin was one of three men found guilty of the murder of Lukasz Rzeszutko, and was sentenced to life in prison in 2012.

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