The family of a young Sligo man, who fatally stabbed his nine-year-old brother before taking his own life five years ago, has settled a High Court action against the HSE.

Shane Skeffington and his wife Carmel from Banada, Tourlestrane had returned from a Sunday afternoon shopping trip on 20th July 2014 to discover their eldest son, 19-year old Shane Junior had stabbed his 9-year old brother Brandon with a knife, leaving him fatally wounded.

Shane Junior then took his own life.

 The Skeffingtons sued the HSE for alleged negligence and breach of duty in relation to his care.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to take care of Shane Jnr when he was in St Columba’s Hospital , Sligo in May 2014, and counsel told the court that, had the treatment been better when Shane was in the hospital, there may have been a different outcome.

It was also claimed there was an alleged failure to adequately investigate Shane Junior’s mental state prognosis.

The claims were denied.

 Approving the settlements, Mr Justice Cross sympathised with the Skeffington family and said it was a sad and tragic case.

The settlement is without admission of liability and the terms of the settlement are confidential.




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