Sunday 23 October 2016

Man beaten to death on bridge 'had stab wound'

Natasha Reid

Published 15/10/2016 | 02:30

Dale Creighton was beaten to death in Tallaght
Dale Creighton was beaten to death in Tallaght

The trial of seven Dubliners charged with murdering a man, who was beaten to death, has heard that the deceased also had a stab wound to his leg.

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One of the accused identified himself with a knife in CCTV footage of the fatal assault during garda interviews, but denied stabbing 20-year-old Dale Creighton on New Year's morning, 2014. The court heard that James Reid described what he was shown as "horrific".

The incident took place around 4am at a footbridge over the Tallaght bypass between St Dominic's Road and Greenhills Road. Dale Creighton died in hospital on January 2.

A woman and six men, who are in their 20s and from Tallaght, have all pleaded not guilty to murder at the Central Criminal Court.

They are Aisling Burke (23) and David Burke (28), both with a current address at Beechpark, Collinstown, Westmeath; Graham Palmer (26) with a current address at Park Avenue, Portarlington, Laois; Ross Callery (23) currently of Gortlum Cottages, Brittas, Dublin; James Reid (26) currently of Glen Aoibhinn, Gorey, Wexford; Jason Beresford (23) with an address at Coill Diarmuida, Ard a' Laoi, Castledermot, Kildare; and Gerard Stevens (27) currently of Grosvenor Square, Rathmines in Dublin. Each accused also initially pleaded not guilty to violent disorder at the footbridge that New Year's Day. Jason Beresford has since changed his plea to guilty to the violent disorder charge.

Garda Brian O'Connor testified that he arrested James Reid on the morning of January 2 and he was interviewed at Tallaght Garda Station. Mr Reid said he did not know Dale Creighton, but had heard something about a girl's phone being stolen that morning. It was put to him that Mr Creighton was dead as a result of his and his friends' actions.

"It wasn't me," he replied.

He was then shown CCTV footage of the incident and identified himself on the video.

"What are you holding in your hand?" he was asked in interview.

"The knife that I took off him when he swung it at me," he replied. "I jumped back and took it off him."

Under cross examination by Ciaran O'Loughlin SC Garda O'Connor agreed that he had not seen his client punch, kick, stab or drag the deceased in the footage. He also agreed that he could see him pushing someone away from Mr Creighton.

He confirmed that no camera covered Mr Reid taking a knife from the deceased.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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