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Teen who killed man on night out in Derry gets six-year sentence

24-year-old Gerard Quinn was stabbed in the neck by the then-16-year-old in May 2016.

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AN 18-YEAR-OLD was sentenced to six years in prison today, after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of a man in Derry last year.

Gerard Quinn was stabbed in the neck after an altercation on 21 May 2016 outside an address in Milldale Crescent in Derry.

His twin brother Michael was also wounded in the attack.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 16-years-old at the time of the stabbing.

A judge sentenced him to six years in prison, and three on licence at Belfast’s Laganside Crown Court.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey, from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch, said: “Gerard was a beloved son and brother and a doting father to his 3-year-old daughter. While I hope today’s sentencing goes some way to bringing them some closure, they will still face a lifetime without their loved one – a life sentence.

And let’s not forget that at only 24 years of age, Gerard Quinn was denied a future with his family and his daughter, not to mention all of the other important life events he will now not get to experience.

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Harvey said that an argument between the defendant and the Quinn brothers escalated into a fight, with the teenager armed “with an empty bottle of alcohol”.

He said that he hoped the sentence would act as a deterrent to others who may think about getting involved in violence.

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