'Justice has finally been done' - family of Daniel McAnaspie thank public for support as second man jailed over killing
JUSTICE has “finally been done” for teenager Daniel McAnaspie and he can “rest in peace now,” his family has said after a man was jailed for 13 years today over his killing.
Daniel's sister, Caitriona McAnaspie was speaking after Trevor Noone (29) was sentenced at the Central Criminal Court today after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
A co-accused, Richard Dekker (30) had already been jailed for life after being found guilty of Daniel’s murder after a trial.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their support over the last few years and especially the last couple of weeks,” Caitriona said on the steps of the Criminal Courts of Justice. “Justice has finally been done for my brother so he can rest in peace now.”
“He was a lovely young fella,” another sister, Nikita said. “He didn't deserve to die the way he did and them two absolute f***ing scumbags are going to rot in hell.”
“We did seven years of trying to get justice for Daniel and he showed no remorse whatsoever, and he never apologised either,” Caitriona McAnaspie told Independent.ie as the family left the courts complex.
Applause had erupted in the courtroom when the judge passed sentence on Noone, who did not react.
Earlier, today, gardai had to intervene in brief clashes between supporters of the accused inside the building after Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy handed down the sentence.
Daniel (17) was killed at Tolka Valley Park on February 26, 2010. His decomposed body was found almost three months later in a farmer's drain about 30 kilometres from where he was killed. He had been stabbed multiple times.
Dekker and Noone, both from the Blanchardstown area, became suspects in the disappearance because they were known to have been with Daniel the evening he went missing.
Daniel had skipped his HSE curfew and spent the evening with Dekker, Noone and three other friends. Around 4am Daniel's friends went home but he remained with Dekker and Noone.
Det Sgt Callaghan said the men initially denied knowing what happened to Daniel, but after his body was found they each blamed the other for stabbing him and hiding his body.
Throughout garda interviews Noone had blamed Dekker for the killing. Noone also admitted he knew Dekker was carrying a blade and wanted to stab Daniel.
During a series of interviews he made several admissions and brought gardai to the location where Daniel was killed.
Sentencing Noone, Judge McCarthy said it was a case of a "relatively rare kind" and what happened was "quite horrific in nature."
He said manslaughter carried a "lesser degree of moral culpability" to murder.
Judge McCarthy said the deceased had not had an easy life, was an orphan and in the care of the HSE at the time.
When the two accused were interviewed by gardai, they initially denied any knowledge of the circumstances in which he disappeared.
In fact he had been brought to Tolka Valley Park and stabbed on a number of occasions, but "we do not know how many because to the state of the body."
He said one only had to mention the garden shears as a weapon to realise "how grave" the effect was.
He said Daniel was left there by those involved in the killing and subsequently moved.
He was placed in a suitcase and Noone had got into it to "measure the size," the judge said.
The body was then brought to a location in Co Meath and dropped into a drain. The accused must have been aware there was a missing person's search taking place immediately after, he said.
"Mr McAnaspie did nothing whatsoever to deserve this," Judge McCarthy said.
Noone's stated that it was his co-accused who was armed and who struck the blows.
Noone had said of the co-accused: "He said he was going to stab him" and that he had half a garden shears before the killing.
The judge said he was mentioning this to show Noone's "level of moral culpability" and that he was aware in advance what was going to happen.
Referring to a psychological report, he said it stated Noone had "cognitive difficulty" and what was described a "schizoid personality."
He had previous convictions for offences including possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Judge McCarthy also referred to the "eloquent" victim impact evidence of members of Daniel's family.
He said that unlike the co-accused, Noone had shown remorse. The main factors in mitigation were this remorse and his plea of guilty, the judge said.