Friday 22 September 2017

Duo guilty of axe killing of man in row over dog

The jury of nine men and three women reached both verdicts by 10 to two majorities after more than two days of deliberations (Stock photo)
The jury of nine men and three women reached both verdicts by 10 to two majorities after more than two days of deliberations (Stock photo)

Eoin Reynolds

One man was convicted of murder and a second of manslaughter for killing a man with an axe during an argument over a pedigree Chihuahua.

Wayne Cluskey (25), of Mooretown, Ratoath, Co Meath, was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter for the killing of Christopher Nevin at Tailteann Road, Navan, on November 19, 2015.

Josh Turner (24), of the same address, was convicted of Mr Nevin's murder.

Angry scenes greeted the verdicts with the wife of the dead man, Lisa Nevin, hurling a plastic water bottle in the direction of the two accused, but instead hitting one of the defending junior barristers.

Gardaí removed Mrs Nevin from the court as she shouted at Cluskey: "You brought in the axe." Outside the building, members of Mr Nevin's family and friends stood shouting while gardaí kept the families of the convicted men inside.

The jury of nine men and three women reached both verdicts by 10 to two majorities after more than two days of deliberations.

Counsel for Cluskey asked for a prison governor's report to be supplied.

The jury sat through eight days of evidence during which CCTV of the assault on Mr Nevin, described as "savage" and "awful" by one barrister, was shown several times.

The State's main witness was Wayne Casserly, a close friend of Mr Nevin and a friend of the two accused.

Mr Casserly told the trial that Turner had loaned Mr Nevin a male Chihuahua to breed with three female Chihuahuas.

But Mr Nevin complained the dog was "shooting blanks" as only one of the females got pregnant.

A dispute arose over what Turner would be paid.

Justice Patrick McCarthy remanded Cluskey and Turner in custody until February 27 for sentencing.

Irish Independent

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