Six years for killing uncle

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A dangerous man who ‘saw himself as a knight in shining armour’ was jailed for six years for stabbing his uncle through the heart, following a row at a family get-together.

However, Derry Crown Court Judge Piers Grant told 33-year-old James Anthony Healy, it would be up to the Parole Commissioners to determine when he should be released from prison.

The father of one, from Hollymount Park, had been accused of murdering his 56-year-old uncle, Christopher McCaughey on October 30, 2011.

However, the prosecution accepted his guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter given his genuine remorse and the possibility he did not intend his uncle’s death.

Sentencing him, Judge Grant, now sitting in Downpatrick, described Healy as a “volatile, angry and aggressive young man in whom violence bubbles very close to the surface”.

The court previously heard Healy had told authorities he felt he was protecting women from being physically abused, but that he was “no knight in shining armour” given his own criminal record for domestic violence.

Following his release from prison, the 33-year-old will be subject to an extended licence period of three years.