Tuesday 25 July 2017

Murder trial jury will see CCTV from 'vicious attack'

Graham Palmer pictured leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Pic Collins Courts.
Graham Palmer pictured leaving the Central Criminal Court in Dublin. Pic Collins Courts.

Natasha Reid

The jury in the trial of seven Dubliners charged with murdering a 20-year-old on a footbridge has been told it will see footage of a "vicious, prolonged and sustained attack".

The prosecutor said that each of the accused was responsible for the attack on Dale Creighton, that they had acted together and that "the intention had to be to cause serious injury, if not death".

Gerard Stevens. Pic Collins Courts.
Gerard Stevens. Pic Collins Courts.

The woman and six men, who are in their 20s and from Tallaght, went on trial before the Central Criminal Court yesterday. They have all pleaded not guilty.

Dale Creighton died on January 2, 2014, about two days after an incident at the footbridge over the Tallaght bypass between Saint Dominic's Road and Greenhills Road.

Charged with his murder are 23-year-old Aisling Burke and 28-year-old David Burke, both with a current address at Beechpark, Collinstown, Co Westmeath.

Also charged with Mr Creighton's murder are Graham Palmer (26) with a current address at Park Avenue, Portarlington, Co Laois; Ross Callery (23) currently of Gortlum Cottages, Brittas, Co Dublin; James Reid (26) currently of Glen Aoibhinn, Gorey, Co Wexford; Jason Beresford (23) with an address at Coill Diarmuida, Ard a' Laoi, Castledermot, Co Kildare; and Gerard Stevens (27) currently of Grosvenor Square, Rathmines in Dublin.

Aisling Burke. Pic Collins Courts.
Aisling Burke. Pic Collins Courts.

Each accused also pleaded not guilty to violent disorder at the footbridge that New Year's Day.

Seán Gillane SC opened the case for the prosecution, saying that each of the accused was responsible for the attack on Dale Creighton, that they had acted together.

Mr Gillane said that the incident began around 4am on New Year's Day, when a girl was heard shouting that her phone was "being robbed".

"Someone shouted: 'Grab him' and a young man was pursued by a number of people," said Mr Gillane, explaining that this young man was Mr Creighton.

James Reid. Pic Collins Courts.
James Reid. Pic Collins Courts.

He said CCTV cameras had captured part of the incident on the footbridge, where he said all were present.

"You'll be satisfied that Dale Creighton was the subject of a vicious, prolonged, sustained attack and absolutely satisfied that this involved kicks and stamps to the head and body," he said.

"You'll be satisfied that sustained attack, in its entirety, occurred while Mr Creighton was on the ground, not only not defending himself, but defenceless and, at one point, off the ground because he was being held up while the subject of blows and kicks," he continued.

He said that this violence did not end until gardaí arrived.

Mr Gillane explained that Mr Creighton was unresponsive and taken to Tallaght Hospital from where he was transferred to Beaumont Hospital. He never recovered and was pronounced dead on January 2.

The jury also heard from three locals, who had alerted gardaí. The trial continues before Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy. It is expected to last six weeks.

Irish Independent

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