A youth who killed another teenager in Co Mayo after finding him in a bedroom with his sister has been jailed for five years.

The 20-year-old offender, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter in 2017 by a jury at the Central Criminal Court for stabbing 17-year-old Dovydas Jenkas to death in Claremorris.

Mr Jenkas of Mount St, Claremorris, died from a single stab wound in the early hours of December 19th, 2015.

Passing sentence, Ms Justice Eileen Creedon said this is a “very sad and tragic case where a young man, 17 years old, lost his life”.

The defendant was 15 at the time of the offence and 17 when convicted.

His sentencing has been repeatedly adjourned after he suffered a series of seizures.

He required brain surgery, after doctors discovered a tumour on his brain.

Ms Justice Creedon set a headline sentence of nine years but taking into account the defendant’s age at the time of the offence and his actions since, she reduced that to six years with the last year suspended.

She said the youth had immediately admitted what he did and expressed genuine remorse. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter ahead of his trial and was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

He fully cooperated with gardaí and had no previous difficulties and has not come to garda attention since, she said.

While in prison, Ms Justice Creedon said he should be able to avail of any medical treatment deemed necessary by his treating doctors.

An earlier court hearing heard that both families had moved from Lithuania to Claremorris in the years before the killing.



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