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Saturday 16 December 2017

'Killer's stress was over wife'

THE trial of a man accused of murder has heard evidence from a psychiatrist that his symptoms do not necessarily amount to a depressive disorder.

Stephen Boyle (41) of Austen House, Cambridge Road, Kilburn Park, London has admitted killing but denies murdering Paul Boyle (19) at Early's Bar, Leabgarrow, Arranmore on October 3, 2009.

Consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Paul O'Connell told the Central Criminal Court that the accused described depressive symptoms but they did not necessarily amount to a depressive disorder.

He said the psychological stress related to jealousy about his wife and that the evidence supported that rather than a mental disorder.

The trial continues.



Teen says sorry



for girl's death

A teenager who had described the killing of a young neighbour girl as an "amazing" thrill made an emotional apology to the girl's family and was sentenced to a potential lifetime in prison.

Alyssa Bustamante (18) rose from her chair -- with shackles linking her ankles and holding her hands to her waist -- and turned in the dock to face the family of nine-year-old Elizabeth Olten, whom she killed in Missouri in October 2009.

"I really am extremely, very sorry for everything. I know words can never be enough, and they can never adequately describe how horribly I feel for all of this."

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