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

Latest Air New Zealand safety video raises Erebus crash concerns

first_imgOn location in Antarctica. Source: Air New Zealand video. Air New Zealand has awakened some dark memories with the location choice for a new inflight video about Antarctica.The frozen continent has special poignancy for New Zealanders because it was the site of the nation’s worst ever air disaster in 1979 when an AirNZ  DC-10 crashed into Mt Erebus killing all 257 passengers and crew.The new safety video aims to highlight New Zealand research in Antarctica and continent’s importance in understanding climate change. It will be rolled out across the carrier’s fleet in March.But some families of people killed in the crashed are not happy.“The very nature of a safety video where there was such an incredible disaster that affected the entire country is just weird,’’ Jayne Holtham, who lost her father in the crash, told Newshub.“This sort of feels like it’s regressing a little bit, taking away some of the respect of the area.”Air New Zealand wrote to the families about the video.“While we’re proud of the work we’re doing together to contribute to this research, we are very aware of the sensitivities of choosing Antarctica as a location,’’ it said in a letter.“The Erebus tragedy weighs heavily on Air New Zealand and our country, and we would like to assure you we have approached filming in a very respectful way.”The safety video was made in partnership with Antarctica New Zealand and the airline’s global brand and marketing general manager, Jodi Williams, said it offered a glimpse into a part of the world “few experience, but which has the greatest potential impact on the planet’s future”.“Air New Zealand’s safety videos have a phenomenal worldwide following,  and have collectively attracted more than 110 million views online, as well as coverage across the world’s top news outlets,’’ Williams said.“We hope this video, together with the educational content we’ve filmed, will draw attention to the important research underway to better understand and prepare for a warming world.”The video is directed by Kevin Denholm, who was responsible for AirNZ’s 2009 debut feature safety video involving body-painted staff, including then CEO Rob Fyfe, and a 2013 effort starring British adventurer Bear Grylls.Denholm said the film crew took all possible steps to minimise the environmental impact of filming was careful to take the minimum of equipment.“Where usually a crew of around 40 would be involved, we restricted our team to just six people, including celebrity talent,’’ he said.“The amazing staff from Scott Base provided the logistical support we needed to pull this off, and many of them stepped outside their comfort zone into roles as supporting talent.”last_img read more

Our New PC Delivery Process Cuts Employee Downtime

first_imgGetting a new PC used to take valuable time out of the workday.   But as part of our focus on a user-centered model of delivering IT services, Intel IT recently optimized our PC delivery process, resulting in improved employee productivity, a better employee experience, and reduced operational costs.  These process improvements allow our employees to return to work more quickly, reducing their downtime from an average of 4.5 hours to 1 hour, a 77-percent reduction. Read the paper “New PC Delivery Process Cuts Employee Downtime” to learn about the changes we made.last_img

New premier soon in Saskatchewan Alberta trade meeting delayed

first_imgEDMONTON – Next week’s meeting between Saskatchewan and Alberta to discuss trade issues is on hold.An Alberta government spokesman says Saskatchewan has asked for an extension given that the governing party is picking a new leader this weekend to replace Premier Brad Wall.The meeting was to take place on Wednesday, but the two sides hadn’t settled on a place.They had agreed to meet in Lloydminster, on the provincial boundary, but Wall’s government later asked that it be moved to Medicine Hat in southern Alberta, which is closer to Regina.The meeting grew out of a dispute between the two provinces in December when Saskatchewan banned vehicles with Alberta licence plates at its job sites.Saskatchewan said it was in response to similar rules at Alberta sites, but never provided any proof, and earlier this week it dropped the ban.Jean Marc-Prevost, spokesman for Alberta’s Economic Development Department, said Saskatchewan wants the meeting held sometime after a new Saskatchewan Party leader is chosen and a new cabinet is in place.“We’ve asked them to set a date as soon as possible – and to honour the invitation from the Lloydminster Heavy Construction Association who offered to host us,” said Prevost.“We want to improve our trade corridors and harmonize regulations with our neighbours, so products from our provinces get to market faster.”last_img read more

BJP wants political strife, unrest in Hills: Aroop

first_imgDarjeeling: “BJP just wants political strife and unrest in the Hills. They want to cash in on this and gather votes,” alleged Aroop Biswas, TMC Observer for the Hills. In a run-up to the campaign rally by TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling on Thursday, the party held a road show in Kalimpong on Tuesday.The road show, jointly organised by TMC and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, started from the Kalimpong Municipality. After passing through the major thoroughfares of the Hill town, the rally culminated at Triangular Park. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”He is a Prime Minister who lies day and night. He is a habitual liar. Everyone knows that he had promised Rs 15 lakh in every bank account and 10 crore new jobs. He had claimed that the dreams of the Gorkhas were his dreams. Mamata Banerjee is the one fighting for the identity of the Gorkhas. She is trying to take them forward. BJP just wants upheaval and political strife in the Hills. People have understood this. They will not get a single vote. They will be driven out,” retorted Biswas. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe stated that BJP will not get a single seat. “Bengal will lead India. She has emerged as a national leader. She will lead the country,” Biswas said, referring to the party supremo. Banerjee’s meeting will be held at the Darjeeling Motor Stand on April 11. It is expected to draw huge crowds, with GJM, TMC and the frontal organisations of both the parties joining in. “I would apologise beforehand to the schools and educational institutions as there are chances of traffic snarls owing to people from all over the Hills converging in Darjeeling for the election rally,” stated Binay Tamang, president, GJM. Tamang requested all coming for the meeting from the Hills and plains to arrive by 9 am. Elaborate arrangements have been made.last_img read more

Salah is not a worldclass footballer – Cheryshev

first_imgFormer Russia international Dmitri Cheryshev doubts that Mohamed Salah can be considered on par among the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he prepares to make his World Cup debut for Egypt against the hostsThe 25-year-old had a sensational debut campaign at Liverpool that saw him win the Golden Boot award by scoring a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a single 38-game season.In all competitions, Salah scored an impressive 44 goals and has been compared among the other great football stars on the planet right now.However, an unfortunate shoulder injury from last month’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid caused Salah to miss Egypt’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in what was their first World Cup game in 28 years.But the Egyptian Football Association has since confirmed that Salah will be available for selection for their crucial game against Russia for Tuesday’s game in St Petersburg.Regardless though, Cheryshev doubts that Salah will be able to repeat his performances at Liverpool for Egypt.“He is an exceptional player, but [he is] not a world-class football star who can compete for the [World Cup] Golden Boot,” Cheryshev told KingFut.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“Right now [the contenders for the award] are Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and maybe [Harry] Kane.“Liverpool uses Salah properly, here, in the Egyptian national team, things will be different.”Russia began their World Cup campaign on home soil with a convincing 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia last week.While Cheryshev is confident they can replicate last Thursday’s display, he warned the national team about the threat of Egypt boss Hector Cuper.Cheryshev added: “The team is getting ready for Egypt.“I played against [Egypt head coach Hector] Cuper’s teams before, he is the most tactical coach, you never know how to approach his teams. Any chance we might have we should use [in that match].”last_img read more

Bahamas DPM Turnquest Welcomes ICT Delegates Supports Regional Single ICT Space

first_imgPhoto Captions:Header: The Hon. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime & Minister of Finance, gives welcome remarks at the Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s 35th Executive Council and 20th General Conference of Ministers during ICT Week at Atlantis Paradise Island.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)Insert: Deputy Prime & Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest takes a moment with Bernadette Lewis, CTU Secretary General during the Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s 35th Executive Council and 20th General Conference of Ministers, Atlantis Paradise Island.  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 29, 2017 – Nassau – During ICT Week’s 20th Meeting of the General Conference of Ministers of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), and 35th Meeting of the Executive Council at Atlantis on Tuesday morning, November 28, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest welcomed the delegates and affirmed the CARICOM mandate of February of this year for organizations like the Caribbean Telecommunications Union to look more comprehensively on how the region could effectively embrace Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) as a foundation for national development and regional interaction.Expressing support for the embrace of technology to fuel national and regional development, Mr. Turnquest explained that the government as a relatively new administration, committed to transparency and seeing a need for a different approach to economic expansion — “understood the rapidly evolving global environment, influenced and driven in large measure by the technological revolution that is impacting every aspect of national, regional and global development.”  He said:  “We knew that the different approach to national development, and a more significant regional and global participation required a commitment to embrace technology as fundamental to this new approach.”As such, said the Deputy Prime Minister, “The Government of The Bahamas is convinced that embracing ICTs and making them the foundation of every project and initiative we undertake as a nation, will serve as the catalyst for our economic resurgence and social development, creating a self-sustaining machine for future growth.“This commitment to embracing ICTs is evident in the ongoing transformation of the Public Service. We are strengthening the ICT structure and capacity within the public service to further expand the use of technology to provide improved levels of customer service efficiency, transparency and accountability.   We are employing technology to establish the new digital workflow that will redefine the way the Government does business with the public.“We are undergoing major technological advancements in the Ministry of Finance and its agencies, including Bahamas Customs and the Department of Inland Revenue. We are currently rolling out a new electronic Vehicle and Driver’s licensing process.   We are working to ensure that, despite the challenges and obstacles, we can systematically employ technology throughout the public service and through policy, inspire and encourage the private sector to continue its evolution as well.”Mr. Turnquest said that the Government of The Bahamas is committed to economic expansion through ICTs and has designated the island of Grand Bahama, “the centre for technology investment and development,” and, therefore, “we envisage the creation of diverse investment and career opportunities through the effective utilization of ICTs.”DPM Turnquest pointed out: “This commitment is reinforced by the recent passage of the Commercial Enterprise Legislation that is designed to attract a broad range of new business opportunities for The Bahamas, embracing Information Communication Technologies as the foundation of this new business development and economic expansion thrust.”The aforementioned initiatives, together with the commitment to technological transformation, highlights, he said, “The Bahamas’ endorsement of the CTU’s Single ICT space.   We believe that the creation of such a platform could have far reaching positive implications for regional development through trade and cooperation.”Mr. Turnquest continued, “We also endorse the Caribbean Spectrum Planning and Management Project, the ICT Collaboration Forum, and its many other collaborative ICT development initiatives that augur well for national and regional growth and development.“Ministers, we must see our roles as pivotal to the creation of the new technologically integrated Caribbean Region that provides the strength for small states to effectively compete in the new global environment.“Finally, we would like to thank the CTU and all of you Ministers for joining us here in The Bahamas for this week of meetings, workshops and seminars.   We do hope that the deliberations are productive and meaningful to all member states.   Please do not leave without embracing the opportunity to sample our culture. Get a taste of the Bahamian islands and be sure to return for both business and pleasure.   Thank you.” Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more