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Smirking Dub gets 8 years for stabbing man 17 times in horror scissors attack

Dubliner Kenneth Broe
Dubliner Kenneth Broe

A businessman has been jailed for eight years for a savage attack in a Co Donegal apartment which left his victim needing two life-saving operations.

Dubliner Kenneth Broe was found guilty of the brutal attack on Kristian Shortt on Letterkenny's Main Street, during which Mr Shortt was stabbed 17 times with a pair of scissors.

So bad were Mr Shortt's injuries that Garda Harvey Maughan revealed he could not tell if he was a man or a woman.

A jury eventually found Broe guilty of two charges of assault causing harm and he was remanded in custody in prison in June.

He appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday where Judge John Aylmer described the attacks as being at 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 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 and receiving two "life-saving operations" after he suffered stab wounds to the neck, chest, head and back areas.

Mr Shortt said that after drinking in a number of venues in the town, he and the accused went to Damian O'Connor's flat above Victor Fisher's shop in Upper Main Street in the early hours of October 9, 2008.

The witness and the accused got into an argument and threatened one another.

Mr Shortt recalled a pair of scissors being produced before he was stabbed repeatedly.

Victim Kristian Shortt
Victim Kristian Shortt

Broe used all his power and force during the attack, he said.

Broe was arrested in Monaghan after he and a friend took a taxi to Dublin on the day after the assault.

Vicious

When arrested he was found with €1,100 of cocaine and he later admitted possessing the drugs.

A medical report revealed that Mr Shortt was stabbed a total of 17 times - three or four times in the neck, three in the back of the head and three in the chest, and he was also wounded in the hands and back area.

He was 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 collapsed on the second day of evidence at Letterkenny Circuit Court.

After a second, six-day trial, Broe was found guilty and the case was put back until yesterday for sentencing.

The court was told that the Director of Public Prosecutions also found the offences were at 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 offences, 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 part of his ear while he was working as a doorman in Dublin.

Broe's barrister, 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 Broe also suffered from depression and was prone to excessive drinking.

Tragedy

Several references were read out on behalf of the accused, including one from a shop owner in Dublin who revealed how Broe had donated all the equipment from his gymnasium to his local community when it closed down.

Mr Fitzgerald added that there was no premeditation in the attack.

He added that Broe did not intend to do harm to Mr Shortt or anyone who came his way.

He added that his client had had to live with this hanging over him since 2008 and despite a tragedy in his family five years ago, he had become a very different person over more recent years.

Judge Aylmer sentenced Broe to a total of 10 years but suspended the last 18 months and backdated the sentence to when the accused went into custody last June.

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