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Thursday 18 September 2014

Six men and one woman appear in court charged with murder of Dale Creighton (20)

Eimear Cotter

Published 13/06/2014 | 12:02

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The bridge in Tallaght, inset, Dale Creighton who died after being attacked on New Year's Day

Six men and one woman have appeared before Tallaght District Court this morning charged with the murder of Dale Creighton.

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Mr Creighton (20) suffered serious injuries when he was attacked at a footbridge at St Dominic's Road in Tallaght at around 4am on New Year's Day.

He was taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was put on life support but he never regained consciousness and he died the next day.

A seventh man, James O'Brien (21), with an address at Avonbeg Drive in Tallaght, has been charged with seriously assaulting Mr Creighton.

A judge refused bail for Mr O'Brien, with his family shouting "love you son" as he was lead away in custody.

Seven individuals, Graham Palmer (24), with addresses at Homelawn Road, Aisling Burke (20), of Bolbrook Grove, her brother David Burke (25), of Village Square, Ross Callery (20), of Westpark, David Burke (25), of Village Square, college student James Reid (23), of Homelawn Avenue, all in Tallaght, as well as Jason Beresford (20) and Gerard Stevens (24) appeared before Tallaght District Court this morning charged with murder.

Judge Denis McLoughlin remanded them in custody to appear before Dublin District Court on June 18 where they are already due to appear on related matters.

The accused must apply to the High Court for bail on a murder charge.

Gardai gave details of arresting the accused at addresses in Dundalk, Dublin, Kildare and Wexford in the early hours of Friday morning.

The court heard that the accused were taken to Tallaght Garda Station and Rathfarnham Garda Station where they were charged with the new offences.

Officers said seven of the accused were charged with murder. Each was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and none made any reply to the charges after caution.

A State solicitor said that the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the Central Criminal Court on the charges.          

Non-publication of several of the accused's current addresses was previously ordered because of fears for their safety.

In relation to Mr O'Brien, Gda Terry Brosnan objected to bail, saying Mr O'Brien was previously charged with violent disorder. As part of his bail conditions, he was ordered to stay away from Tallaght and to have no contact with his co-accused.

Gda Brosnan said it is alleged that Mr O'Brien has failed to sign on at his local garda station on eight occasions.  He also said Mr O'Brien attended a function at St Anne's GAA club in Tallaght on May 28 last, where he was seen in the company of three of his co-accused.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said Mr O'Brien is suffering from severe depression and is not sleeping.

In relation to his appearance at the GAA club, Mr Tunney said a school friend of the accused, a young lady, died in tragic circumstances and he wished to pay his respects.

Mr Tunney said Mr O'Brien accepted he should not have attended the funeral, but he "wasn't thinking straight".

If given bail, the solicitor said Mr O'Brien will seek urgent medical attention for his depression.

Judge McLoughlin refused bail and remanded Mr O'Brien in custody to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice on June 18.

As Mr O'Brien was led away, his family shouted "love you son".

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