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Sunday 20 April 2014

Man gets life for stabbing murder of young father

Victim Gerard Burnett
Victim Gerard Burnett

A MAN has been jailed for life for the murder of a father of one who suffered 30 stab wounds.

Andrew Gibney (21), of Drumheath Avenue, Mulhuddart, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Gerard Burnett (28), at Castlecurragh Vale, Mulhuddart, north Dublin, on August 21, 2012.

Mr Burnett suffered 30 stab wounds after he was attacked by a group of men outside his girlfriend's house and was pronounced dead in hospital.

The jury of nine men and three women returned a majority 10-2 guilty verdict at the Central Criminal Court.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy sentenced him to life imprisonment and backdated it to August 28, 2012, for time spent in custody.

The prosecution's case was that Gibney was part of a joint enterprise to murder Mr Burnett. Tom O'Connell, prosecuting, said Gibney was one of five men who went to Mr Burnett's house in Castlecurragh Avenue shortly before midnight.

Mr Burnett sold ecstasy and wine to people if the off-licence was shut, the court heard.

Two of the men were armed with knives and when Mr Burnett opened the door he was set upon. A week later, Gibney's house was searched by gardai and the next day he visited Blanchardstown garda station where he admitted stabbing Mr Burnett three times in the side.

INCIDENT

"I was involved in an incident, the chap is dead now and I need to give him peace," Gibney told gardai.

State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy gave evidence there were 30 wounds to Mr Burnett's head and body but only six were deep and fatal.

She said the cause of death was multiple stab wounds and blood loss due to injuries to the right lung, heart and liver.

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