SUSAN AND MARY MONAHAN – SISTER AND MOTHER OF KEIRAN MONAHAN
The parents of young a man stabbed to death at a Valentine’s Day party say they are furious with the state for refusing to bring charges against their son’s killer.
Kieran Monahan (21) died from knife injuries following the attack at a house in Kilkenny City in 2012.
A 35-year-old man was arrested at the scene after he was discovered clutching a bloody knife. However a decision was made not to prosecute after the suspect claimed he was defending his home under the Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011.
The act came into operation in January 2012, just one month before the stabbing. It was introduced in the wake of the fatal shooting of burglar John Ward by farmer Padraig Nally in 2004, allows householders to use reasonable force to protect themselves in their homes.
It is the only publicised case where this defense has been used in an incident involving a fatal injury.
Now Kieran’s family have spoken out for the first time to demand a total review of the investigation and decision not to proceed with a trial.
Parents have been told many versions of events on the night.
Some reports have suggested that a row broke out at the flat and Kieran left before returning some time later and attempting to get into the home.
However, none of these reports have been confirmed.
Asked if she feels the DPP came to its decision too fast, Mary said: “Yes we do as this was the first case of the new law at the time. We have not heard of any cases of this kind since.”
Today the family have demanded that all of those who were with Kieran on the night give full statements to gardaí.
They have also called for gardaí to reopen the investigation into Kieran’s death. They are considering lodging a complaints with the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) for alleged failures in the investigation.
A garda spokesman said: “The death of Kieran Monahan was fully investigated and a file sent to the DPP who directed no prosecution in the case.”
Today we spoke to Kieran’s sister and mother Susan and Mary. Listen to their story.