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Boy 'fatally knifed after racial slur'

Murder accused thought teen had stolen phone, court told

Nicola Donnelly

Published 05/12/2012 | 05:00

Accused Michael Barry and, right, Toyosi Shittabey
Accused Michael Barry and, right, Toyosi Shittabey

A NIGERIAN schoolboy was stabbed in the chest after a row in which a group of youngsters were called "niggers", a witness told a murder trial.

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The court also heard Toyosi Shittabey (15) died in an altercation which followed that row because one of his attackers believed he had stolen a mobile phone – but neither the phone, nor the knife used to kill the Nigerian youth have ever been recovered.

The trial of a man accused of stabbing the teenager through the heart with a knife following a row with racial undertones, opened at the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

Michael Barry (26), of Pigeon House Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4, denies murdering Toyosi on April 2, 2010, at The Boulevard, Mount Eustace in Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15.

He also denies producing a baseball bat during a confrontation.

Brendan Grehan, prosecuting, told the court that Michael Barry's now deceased brother Paul (39) murdered Toyosi and that Michael Barry was an accessory to the murder.

"Michael Barry's actions are that he was clearly supportive and facilitated the killing and in those circumstances it is the prosecution's case that he is guilty of the offence of murder even though he did not carry out the act of murder itself," said Mr Grehan.

Mr Grehan told the jury they will hear evidence that Toyosi was with four black males and five white females when they passed a green area outside Paul Barry's house at Mount Garrett in Tyrrelstown.

Witness Stephen Agbedi (19) gave evidence that while they were on the green they heard raised voices and his friend Bobby Kuti shouting "Why are you calling us niggers?". He said punches were thrown and he went to help get Bobby away from the two brothers.

He said they all ran away when a baseball bat was produced by Michael and later saw a black Nissan 4x4 approach them with the two men in it.

Paul Barry got out of the vehicle and pointed a knife at Gracia Lulendo when Toyosi ran over to him. It was at that point Paul Barry stabbed Toyosi in the chest.

Emergency

"Toyosi was running and holding his chest saying, 'Boys, he stabbed me. Boys, he stabbed me'," said Stephen.

He said dialled the emergency services when Toyosi fell to the ground.

Earlier Mr Grehan said one of the girls asked Michael Barry and his brother for a light, which resulted in a verbal row.

Later, Michael Barry discovered his mobile phone was missing and believed one of the youths had taken it. The accused got into a Nissan Qashqai with Paul Barry, who had been drinking, and both men confronted the group at a nearby roundabout.

An ambulance crew later brought Toyosi to Blanchardstown Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9.05pm.

Mr Grehan added: "Michael Barry's actions are that he was clearly supportive and facilitated the killing and in those circumstances it is the prosecution's case that he is guilty of the offence of murder even though he did not carry out the act of murder itself but it is the offence of his involvement in the murder and possession of a baseball bat he is charged with."

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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