Kerry man due to be sentenced next month for manslaughter

A judge has told a Kerry man convicted of killing a man that none of this would have happened if he’d simply listened to his mother.

Blake Sweeney of Fertha Drive, Cahersiveen, was acquitted of Robert Elston’s murder but found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter

Following a dispute between the two men, the court heard Robert Elston went down to Blake Sweeney’s family home in Kerry in the early hours of May 23rd 2018, and set fire to his brother’s car.

After helping to put it out, Sweeney then armed himself with a butcher knife from his mother’s kitchen, went to a nearby house where Mr. Elston was socialising with friends and stabbed his victim twice in the stomach.

Sweeney claimed Mr. Elston was armed with an axe, and while the jury heard an axe was found in the house, those who were there didn’t support his claim.

A Victim Impact Statement was read out today on behalf of Mr. Elston’s brother David who described Robert as a fun-loving, kind-hearted man who loved his family unconditionally.

The court heard Sweeney’s mother pleaded with him not to leave the house that night and Mr. J Tony Hunt told him he should have listened to her.

He will be sentenced next month.