‘I forgive the guy’ – Priest (75) says he holds no grudge against OAP killer who tried to strangle him

Violent Richard Kearney was on temporary release when he attacked Fr Brian StarkenHe was one of three elderly people attacked in his home by pensioner killer Kearney

Fr Brian Starken was attacked by Kearney in his Dublin presbytery

Patrick O’Connell

A 75-year-old priest who survived being strangled by convicted murderer Richard Kearney, after he was given temporary release from a life sentence, says he has forgiven him.

But Fr Brian Starken says he still questions how mental-health professionals treating the 42-year-old in prison didn’t foresee that Kearney would offend again prior to a decision to release him.

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