Saturday 22 October 2016

Sister speaks of grief as teen charged with killing of her brother

Dovydas Jenkus (17), who died on Saturday, and his sister Agne
Dovydas Jenkus (17), who died on Saturday, and his sister Agne

The sister of a teenager who was fatally stabbed at a house party has penned an emotional tribute to her brother as the boy accused of killing him told a court: "I did a bad thing".

Dovydas Jenkus (17), who was originally from Lithuania, was killed after a row at a house party in Claremorris, Co Mayo, early on Saturday morning.

A 16-year-old boy charged with his manslaughter yesterday told the court he "did a bad thing".

Dovydas's heartbroken sister Agne penned a note to her brother on social media.

"There are no words to describe how we feel. You left us too soon. It's so hard to believe that we won't be able to see you again. Hope you better there. You won't be forgotten by anyone. RIP," she wrote.

Dovydas, who was a fifth-year student at St Coleman's College in Claremorris, had been at the party with friends when a row broke out among some of those gathered in the back garden of the house.

Yesterday afternoon a 16-year-old schoolboy appeared before a special District Court sitting, where he was charged with the unlawful killing of Dovydas.

Applying for bail for his client, solicitor Evan O'Dwyer said the accused had co-operated with gardai by answering all the questions put to him in "a frank and forthright way".

The accused boy told Judge Mary Devins he would not leave the country if granted bail, adding: "It would be the wrong thing to do because I did a bad thing".

He agreed with his solicitor that "something horrible had happened", adding he was "very sorry for what happened".

The court heard the boy was a pupil in a secondary school and was described by teachers as a well-mannered and exceptional student, especially in metalwork and woodwork.

The boy's mother also gave evidence through an interpreter. She told the court she had been divorced from the boy's father for a number of years.

She said she trusted her son to stay in the country until the case was finished.

He was remanded on bail with a number of conditions to appear at Ballina District Court tomorrow.


Dovydas had lived for a number of years in the Mayo town with his family. His parents and three siblings were being comforted at their Claremorris home yesterday.

The town was in shock as news of the tragic incident spread over the weekend.

Local man Austin Garvin said the tragedy was devastating for the town and the families involved.

He said there were a large number of Eastern Europeans living in the town, where they had integrated well.

"This is devastating for the town. It's devastating for the families, our hearts go out to them. Especially at Christmas, this is the last thing any family wants to hear," he added.

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