Tuesday 17 January 2017

Murder accused left row at chip shop and returned with knife minutes later

Eoin Reynolds

Published 15/11/2016 | 14:19

The scene of the stabbing on North Strand, Dublin 1.
The scene of the stabbing on North Strand, Dublin 1.

A murder accused left a row at a chip shop near his home and returned minutes later with a knife, a barrister told a jury at the Central Criminal Court today.

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Donal Colgan (65), of Killarney Court, Killarney St, Dublin 1, has pleaded not guilty to murdering 39-year-old David Sheridan outside Luigi's chip shop on the North Strand Road on August 17/18, 2014.

Opening the trial today prosecuting counsel Paul Burns SC said Mr Sheridan met a friend on Summerhill Parade earlier in the day on August 17, bought drink at an off licence and returned to Summerhill.

Later on they went to the chip shop on North Strand Road, taking the drink from the off-licence with them.

Donal Colgan and a number of other young people were already there. At some point Mr Colgan went outside and there was an "altercation" but then Mr Colgan left the area.

When Mr Colgan returned some time later he was "carrying a knife which he used to stab David Sheridan a number of times," Mr Burns said.

Mr Sheridan died the following day and a postmortem showed that a number of stab wounds caused his death.

The trial continues this afternoon in front of Justice Carmel Stewart and a jury of nine men and three women.

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