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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Alleged murderer 'sliced to death with samurai sword after night taking cocaine in Dublin', inquest told

Eoghan McNeill

Published 27/08/2014 | 12:26

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An alleged murderer was sliced to death with a Samurai sword after a night of drinking and taking cocaine in a Dublin pub, an inquest has heard.

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Jason Martin (32) came to Ireland in August 2009 after UK police found his DNA at the murder scene of drug dealer and construction boss Paul Brady (43).

Garda forensic officers examine the scene of the fatal brawl outside Hannigen's pub in Park West in Dublin yesterday
Garda forensic officers examine the scene of the fatal brawl outside Hannigen's pub in Park West in Dublin yesterday

Brady had been beaten by a gang of balaclava-wearing men carrying baseball bats and firearms, who then abducted him from a building site in Lancashire, England.

A month after fleeing to Ireland, Martin was found bleeding to death from a 14.5cm-long wound outside Hannigen’s pub in Ballyfermot.

Jason Martin

Martin’s wound was the result of a mass brawl in the pub, those involved using swords, crutches and hockey sticks, an inquest in Manchester heard.

“I could see them using various weapons, hockey sticks, two crutches and one male repeatedly smashing a bottle over someone,” Garda Joseph Glackin told the inquest.

He detailed how he saw Martin with his “intestines hanging out,” through a wound which ripped through his liver, ribs and diaphragm.

Martin died soon after being rushed to hospital.

His death was caused by a single stab wound to the chest, a post-mortem concluded.

Although twenty-nine people were arrested and 360 statements taken following the brawl that killed Martin, no one has been charged.

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