Businessman who stabbed man in Letterkenny apartment jailed for 8 years

first_imgA businessman has been jailed for eight years after being found guilty of a savage attack in a Co Donegal apartment which left the victim needing two life-saving operations.Dublin Kenneth Broe was found guilty of the brutal attack of Kristian Shortt on Letterkenny’s Main Street during which Mr Shortt was stabbed seventeen times with scissors. So bad were the victim’s injuries that Garda Harvey Maughan revealed how he could not tell if Mr Shortt was a man or a woman.A jury eventually found Broe guilty of two charges of assault causing and he was remanded in custody in prison in June of this year.He appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where Judge John Aylmer described the attacks as being on the upper end of such crimes.He said the fact that Broe had carried out such a vicious and sustained attack, fled the scene and then tried to blame it on another man was an aggravating factor.Broe, of 15 Alderwood Green, Springfield, Tallaght, was also found guilty of assault causing harm in the incident when he broke Mr Shortt’s jaw with a punch.The attack resulted in Mr Shortt spending two weeks in intensive care in hospital and receiving two “life-saving operations” after he suffered stab wounds to the neck, chest, head and back areas.Kristian ShorttKristian Shortt said that after drinking in a number of venues in the town, he and the accused had gone to the flat of Damian O’Connor above Victor Fisher’s shop at Upper Main Street in the early hours of October 9th, 2008.The witness and the accused had got into an argument and had threatened one another.Mr Shortt recalled a pair of scissors having been produced before he was stabbed repeatedly. The accused had used all his power and force during the attack, he claimed.Broe had been arrested in Monaghan after he and a friend had taken a taxi to Dublin on the day after the assault.When arrested Broe was found in possession of €1,100 of cocaine and he later admitted guilty to the possession of the cocaine.A medical report revealed Mr Shortt had been stabbed a total of seventeen times – three or four times in the neck, three in the back of the head, three in the chest and also wounded in the hands and back area.He had been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital before being transferred to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.He spent two weeks in intensive care and underwent two life-saving operations.A previous trial involving the case had collapsed on the second day of evidence at Letterkenny Circuit Court.After a six-day trial, Broe was found guilty and the case was put back until yesterday for sentence.The court was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions found the offences were in the upper end of the scale of such offences.Among the reasons for this was the sustained and vicious nature of the assault, the fact that it was unprovoked and also the use of a weapon.The court was told that Broe has a number of previous convictions going back to 1991 including road traffic, criminal damage, breach of the peace and public order.He was also jailed for three years with the last year suspended after he attacked a club patron and bit off some of his ear while he was working as a doorman in Dublin.Barrister for Broe, Mr Colman Fitzgerald said the reason his client fought the case at all times was that he did not believe he was capable of such an attack on Mr Shortt.He added that his client also suffered from depression and was prone to excessive drinking.Several references were read out on behalf of Broe including one from a shopowner in Dublin who revealed how Broe had donated all the equipment from his gymnasium to his local community when it closed down.Mr Fiztgerald added that there was no premeditation in the attack and that he did not intend to do any harm to Mr Shortt or somebody that came his way.He added that he has had to live with this hanging over him since 2008 and despite a tragedy in his family five years ago he has become a very different person.Judge Aylmer sentenced Broe to a total of ten years but suspended the last 18 months and backdated the sentence to when the accused went into custody last June.Businessman who stabbed man in Letterkenny apartment jailed for 8 years was last modified: December 24th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:KENNETH BROEKristian Shorttletterkennystabbinglast_img read more

India A eye revival against South Africa A

first_imgIndia A would look to get their act right in all departments of the game and open their account when they lock horns with South Africa A in the home team’s second tri-series match on Sunday.Playing their first match of the series on Friday, India A were soundly thrashed by Australia A at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The 119-run defeat notwithstanding, coach Rahul Dravid is confident of a turnaround.But for that to happen, the Indians will have to execute their plans better.The Indian medium pacers – Dhawal Kulkarini and Sandeep Sharma – did not give enough width to the Australian opening batsmen Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns initially but, as they settled down, the two batsmen carted the bowlers, especially the spinners, to hit 15 sixes in the innings while putting on 239 runs.At the net sessions on Saturday, Dravid was seen spending a lot of time with the players and urged the bowlers to bowl wicket to wicket. With the pitch playing slow, his message to the batsmen was to play a little late and stick around in the middle.Unlike the game against the Australians, it will be vital for the Indian batsmen to build partnerships in order to put up a big total.While skipper Unmukt Chand and Kedar Jadhav posted 50-plus scores, others like Mayank Agarwal, Manish Tiwary and Karun Nair failed to impress getting out for low scores against Australia A. They will have to come up with an improved performance against the Proteas on Sunday.advertisementThe South Africans have been boosted by the arrival of wicketkeeper-cum-opening batsman Quinton de Kock, who has had the experience of playing in these conditions for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils in two seasons of Indian Premier League.South Africa A’s batting line-up is solid with Reeza Hendricks, captain Dean Elgar, Theunis Bruyn and Cody Chetty forming the top-order. In the bowling department, they boast of Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Hardus Vilijoen, Beuran Hendricks, Wayne Parnell, Eddie Lee, besides Elgar, who is a medium pacer with ability to bowl off breaks as well.last_img read more

Cowboys face a titanic battle to stay at the top

first_imgThe Queensland Cowboys and the Queensland Titans have stamped themselves at the teams to beat heading into the Men’s Elite Eight semi-finals at the National Touch League. The standouts of the competition have both finished on 24 competition points at the end of the regular season, six points clear of their nearest rivals. Although hard to split, the Cowboys claim top spot because of an outstanding for and against after scoring 72 touchdowns in seven games. The reigning premiers will be favourites going into the finals series and their opposition are going to find it hard to stop them from going back-to-back. The Cowboys will face the New South Wales Mets in their semi-final after a horrible day’s play for the New South Welshmen. The Mets lost both of their games on day three after looking like they could push for a top-two finish. A one-touchdown loss to the Titans and a two-touchdown loss to the New South Wales Scorpions meant they slipped down to 4th. Playing the Cowboys in the semi-finals isn’t the worst result for the Mets after they pushed the Queenslanders all the way in their previous meeting. The Cowboys won that match 6-5, but the Mets will be confident they can get the job done. The Titans will play the Scorpions in tomorrow’s other semi-final and it promises to be a great contest. Their one previous meeting in the tournament resulted in a 7-6 nail biter that the Scorpions won. Last year’s grand finalists the New South Wales Mavericks will be watching on from the sidelines after failing to repeat last year’s efforts. The Mavericks finished 5th after a poor showing in defence throughout the tournament, with the team conceding 47 touchdowns in seven games. That was seven more than any team in the top four and this proved to be the difference. The Queensland Broncos and the Alliance also conceded 47 touchdowns for the tournament, with neither looking like a side of finals quality. One highlight was their clash on day three, with the Broncos winning 5-4 in a thriller. It pushed the Broncos to 6th place, one above the Alliance, and therefore they will feel they have bragging rights. The winless New South Wales Rebels failed to end their tournament on a high note, suffering comfortable losses to the Scorpions and the Mavericks on day three. It’s been a terrible competition for both the male and female Rebels sides, with each going through their respective Elite Eight competitions without a win. On a more positive note, talented Cowboy Shaun Francis finished the regular season with 14 touchdowns – leading the competition by five. He will be one of many Cowboys hoping to go all the way tomorrow when the Queensland side kicks off their finals campaign against the Mets at 12:25PM.Related LinksElite 8 Men Day 3last_img read more

Football Ohio State a shooin for playoff spot in next College Football

OSU redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) carries the ball during the first half of the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCOLLEGE PARK, Md. — In 2014, Ohio State was blessed with the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff poll. They received scrutiny and were bashed by opposing fans, but ultimately climbed college football’s highest summit to win it all. And now, it could happen again.On Saturday night, No. 2 Clemson lost to Pittsburgh on a last second field goal. After a season of close games and nail-biting finished, it seems coach Dabo Swinney’s luck finally ran out. And for the Buckeyes, that is a blessing.Following Saturday’s 62-3 win over Maryland, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis overheard a reporter talking about the loss. Unaware of what had transpired at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina during his post-game interviews, he could hardly contain his excitement.“Clemson lost?!” he said.With the Buckeyes perched at No. 5, and Clemson losing to an unranked opponent, OSU will be in prime position once again with the season winding down. The Buckeyes need two more wins to solidify their spot in the playoff.Junior H-back Curtis Samuel said now is the time to go for it, and keep themselves in the top-tier of college football.“It’s just that time of year that you’re getting closer to the playoffs and closer to championship games and we know we got to step it up and come out here every day and get right on them and put up numbers,” he said.The numbers OSU has put up the past two weeks have been eye-popping. 124 total points, 1,171 total yards, and just 380 yards and six points allowed.Prepare yourself for a wild ride. read more

Comeback against Nebraska shows maturity for Ohio State mens basketball team

Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) attempts a layup during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — It felt all too familiar.Ohio State, after jumping out to an eight-point lead in the first half against Nebraska in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals Friday, had all but reverted back to the form Buckeye fans have grown accustomed to seeing this season.A 36-10 run by the Cornhuskers stretching from the end of the first half, into the second saw the Buckeyes lead disappear, and the good feelings of shooting the ball well in the first half along with it.But this time was different. This time, the Buckeyes (25-8, 11-8) found their legs and a little something extra down the stretch and roared back to beat Nebraska (19-12, 11-8), 71-67.Instead of wilting late in the game like they have so often this season — at Michigan State, at Nebraska and against Michigan to name a few games — OSU found it’s bearing and was able to put the wheels back on to secure a win. It appears the Buckeyes could have finally taken that much needed needed step forward to team maturity at this, the most important time of the season.“I hope so … But we need to stop going through things like this,” senior guard Aaron Craft said on his team’s late-game mojo. “Competition gets better, competition gets better every game. We can’t expect to turn it on when we want to. That’s how we lost in the NCAA Tournament last year.”The game OSU’s leader was referring to was the 70-66 loss to Wichita State in the Elite Eight, where the Buckeyes trailed by as many as 20 before an attempted comeback fell just short and their season ended.Although the Cornhuskers only stretched the lead to 18 Friday, a similar comeback was needed by OSU.Junior guard Shannon Scott — who committed four turnovers just in the first half alone — helped spark the rally along with sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle, scoring six of his nine points in the game’s final 20 minutes.Scott said the mindset of the team when they looked up at the scoreboard and found itself down 18 points was to just take things one step at a time.“We know there’s not 20-point baskets, so we’ve got to take every possession one at a time,” Scott said after the win. “We’ve got to get a stop. And once we started doing that, we really got pride in our offense and that really got us going.”After committing just three turnovers in the first half, Nebraska coughed up the ball eight more times after halftime due in large part to the Buckeyes’ full court pressure.“It seemed to work pretty well for us, especially down the stretch making them call timeouts and stuff like that,” Craft said of the press. “It can get tiring as well. It’s kind of a hit and miss, but if you got the adrenaline rolling like we did you kind of feed off that.”With the adrenaline pumping through their veins, OSU made the plays it needed down the stretch — including hitting eight straight free throws in the final two minutes after shooting 9-20 prior to then in the game.“I think in this tournament, as you saw, players make plays. Even for Nebraska, some of the plays those guys made were, wow,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “But I think that you hope at this point of the season, all the work you’ve done … can come into fruition. You’ve seen it across the country. There’s been a lot of ups and downs in these tournament.”Such up and down trends during the course of a game can cause frustration for any player — Buckeye leading scorer junior forward LaQuinton Ross was pegged with his third technical foul in seven games after shoving a Nebraska player after a play — but this time OSU came away on the right side of things when it was all said and done.“We’ve been in this situation before with Nebraska, Michigan State and other times in the season as well but we were able to just keep our composure down the stretch,” junior center Amir Williams said postgame. “We didn’t panic, continued to fight and we were able to come away with it.”With a showdown with top-seeded rival Michigan looming Saturday in the semifinals at 1:40 p.m., avoiding a stretch like the one that caused them to fall behind by 18 to the Cornhuskers is critical. But doing so will be easier senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said, because of where the team is mentally.“We’re a lot different, we’re not self destructive and falling apart. We’re not selfish anymore, we’re fighting for one another and that’s all that matters for us,” Smith Jr. said after the game. “We’re playing for Ohio State and the guys in this locker room, at this point we’re the only ones that matter and as long as we can look each other in the eyes after the game we’re happy with that.” read more