Sunday 17 February 2019

'Viper' pal is guilty of stabbing man 17 times in apartment

Kenneth Broe
Kenneth Broe

A Dublin businessman has been found guilty of stabbing a man 17 times in a Co Donegal apartment.

Kenneth Broe, who admitted being a close pal of Martin 'The Viper' Foley, viciously attacked Kristian Shortt, leaving him needing two life-saving operations.

Broe and Mr Shortt had been pals and were out drinking in Letterkenny in October 2008.

However, a row between the pair ended up with Mr Shortt being savagely attacked and fighting for his life in hospital.

Broe fled in a taxi back to Dublin but was caught by gardai at a checkpoint in Monaghan.

Broe (45), of Alderwood Green, Tallaght, had consistently denied assaulting Mr Shortt during a six-day trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court

Mr Shortt is the son of nightclub owner Frank Shortt, who was awarded €4.5m in 2007 after being wrongly convicted of selling drugs at the Point Inn at Quigley's Point.


Mr Shortt (38) told the trial that Broe stabbed him after he had "squared" up to him at the flat on Letterkenny's Main Street.

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

A medical report indicated that he had been stabbed a total of 17 times - three or four times in the neck, three in the head, three in the chest, as well as in the hands and back.

He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital before being transferred to St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin, where he spent two weeks in intensive care.

A previous trial had collapsed on the second day of evidence.

During a previous sitting, Broe, a former gym owner and bouncer, admitted he was friends with gangland enforcer Foley.

"I do know him. I know him very well," he said.

Broe was remanded in custody until July after being found guilty of assault and intentionally and recklessly carrying out the attack.

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