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Clonmel man gets life sentence for girlfriend's murder

Published 24/07/2008

A 31-year-old man who has pleaded guilty to murdering his girlfriend has received a life sentence.

Kevin Prendergast, of Knockeen Grange, Clonmel in Tipperary, changed his plea to guilty over the murder of 20-year-old Joanne Mangan when he appeared before the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

He also pleaded guilty this morning to assault causing serious harm to her brother, Edmund Mangan.

The father-of-two was sentenced at the Central Criminal Court in Cork to life for the murder charge and 15 years for the assault to run concurrently.

The court heard how Prendergast picked up two knives and stabbed Joanne Mangan 14 times.

Her brother suffered nine stab wounds.

The 31-year-old apologised and told Gardaí he wished he had killed himself.

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