a day passes without me thinking of what I have done, the letter read.
McKenna told garda in interviews he took the knife from a friend to protect himself because he was afraid of Mr Heneghan.
Balla man jailed for stabbing sister's partner
Fintan McKenna (24 ), Woodlands, Balla, Castlebar, had been convicted of the manslaughter of Francis Heneghan in Kiltimagh on August 12, 2009, after a 10 day trial in November last.
At the time of the killing there was tension between the pair over the victim treatment of McKenna sister Grace, with whom Mr Heneghan had two children and was involved in a long term relationship.
on the night that he stabbed Mr Heneghan and had been arrested by garda for public order offences shortly after he killed Mr Heneghan.
Mr Heneghan (24 ), an unemployed construction worker and father of three, bled to death in a laneway seconds after being stabbed 11 times including in the heart, lungs, and neck.
However, in interviews with garda McKenna who originally comes from Artane, north Dublin, admitted that he could not fully remember the events of the night because of the amount of alcohol he had consumed and his previous use of cannabis.
In a victim impact statement, read by Mr Heneghan sister Yvonne Barrett, she spoke of the pain, shock and disbelief that we feel as we mourn Frankie Barrett explained how the events of August 12, 2009, had changed her family lives forever and how family members have nightmares about the horror Frankie suffered in his last moments also explained that they suffer from post traumatic stress and are by grief and pain summarising mitigating and aggravating aspects of the case, which included the fact that McKenna offered to plead guilty to manslaughter at the outset of the case which was turned down by the prosecution, Mr Justice John Edwards sentenced McKenna to six years in prison which was backdated to when Adidas Energy Boost Atr he first went into custody on December 18, 2009.
Sgt Walsh said that before he was stabbed, Mr Heneghan challenged McKenna to a fight down a laneway, but McKenna refused. It was after this that McKenna armed himself with a knife which he later used to kill Mr Heneghan.
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previous criminal convictions.
Defence counsel Martin Giblin read a letter written by McKenna in which he expressed his sorrow for his crime to the Heneghan family.
On the night of the killing Mr Heneghan had or lunged into a laneway where McKenna was and began fighting. Mr Heneghan was later found bleeding to death there.
McKenna admitted to garda that he stabbed Mr Heneghan twice in the chest in self defence after being assaulted by him in a lane in Kiltimagh, but insisted he could not have killed him.
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