Tanya Doyle slashed Paul Byrne to shreds with a knife, inflicting over sixty wounds on his body.
It wasn’t the first time Tanya Doyle had stabbed her estranged husband, but he never complained to the police about previous assaults and still allowed her to stay overnight in his home.
Paul Byrne managed to phone the emergency services as he was being stabbed to death, and the recording includes his final pleas to his wife, first begging her not to kill him and finally pleading to let him die without any more torture.
This man had an awful death. His brother had to identify his mutilated body and his voice on that recording.
During the trial, Tanya Doyle showed no remorse for the murder, and has been sentenced to life in prison.
Imagine if the roles had been reversed and a man had slashed a woman to pieces. Would there be any end to the media articles about gender-based violence? Would there not be a redoubling of the advertisements — It’s a crime to beat a woman? As if we needed to be reminded that it’s a crime to beat anyone, or stab anyone, or intentionally crush anyone to death with a car, as Claire Nolan did in 2011.
Right then. Here’s a question. Was the murder of Paul Byrne gender-based violence? My personal view is that it’s simply violence, and that violence by one person against another should always be condemned.
My opinion is that the ads need to be reworded to say It’s a crime to beat anyone but that might not be a view that suits a particular divisive, gender-based ideology.