Friday 20 October 2017

Man gets life in jail for killing dad of five

Convicted: Wayne Kinsella
Convicted: Wayne Kinsella

Niamh O'Donoghue and Brian Kavanagh

A MAN has been jailed for life after murdering a father of five he thought was involved in the killing of his brother.

Adil Essalhi was brutally murdered in west Dublin last year. The gardai had been directed to the location of the body by his killer Wayne Kinsella, who had 39 previous convictions, including one for manslaughter for which he received an eight-year sentence.

Mr Essalhi died after suffering a violent assault during which he was struck almost 60 times in the head, neck and arms with a machete-type weapon and a knife.

His burnt and bleached body was found partly submerged in a drain a week later by gardai.

In the days after Mr Essalhi's disappearance, Wayne Kinsella had voluntarily sat into a garda patrol car and told detectives he could direct them to the body of a missing person.

The jury heard that Kinsella behaved in an eccentric manner and told the detectives that if they were to find the bleached and burned body of the killer of his brother Lee, they could come looking for him.

Kinsella, with an address at the Plaza, Tyrrelstown, Blanchardstown, had pleaded not guilty to the murder.

The Central Criminal Court jury of seven women and five men took two hours and 38 minutes to reach a unanimous verdict of guilty of murder following the two-week trial.

Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan told Kinsella he was handing down the mandatory penalty of life imprisonment.

Kinsella replied: "I want to appeal that as well, your honour."

There was also an outburst in court when a friend of the deceased shouted at Kinsella and the murderer shouted: "I guarantee you. I'll be back."

Lured

The jury accepted the prosecution's case that Kinsella and a relative lured Mr Essalhi to the field behind the Plaza apartments and murdered him.

The pair believed Mr Essalhi was involved in the death of Kinsella's brother, Lee.

But speaking outside the court, the victim's mother, Geraldine Essalhi, denied that her son had anything to do with Lee Kinsella's death.

"A load of lies. My Adil wouldn't hurt a fly and that was proven in court -- and thank God he (Kinsella) is away where he will never do what he did to my child to any other child again in his life," she said.

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News