Tuesday 16 January 2018

Dave Kenny: Terrible lie by troubled teen led to horrific death

A tragedy not unlike a John B Keane novel has blighted the lives of loving, heartbroken parents, writes Dave Kenny

Dave Kenny

STEphen Lyne was just 17 when he bled his life away on a grass verge, metres from his home. He had been stabbed in the back after being falsely accused of raping a teenage girl. The girl later admitted her claim was "a blatant, disgusting lie".

His killer, Shane Regan, will never be brought to trial. In August 2010, he died after falling down the stairs of his rented home. Regan -- also 17 at the time -- was a distant cousin of Stephen's. That relationship counted for nothing when he drove a knife 11.5cm into his victim's body in a Kerry laneway on June 18, 2009.

The chain of events leading up to that night wouldn't seem out of place in a John B Keane tragedy.

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