Tuesday 27 June 2017

Teenager 'begged for his life' before being stabbed to death, court hears

Daniel McAnaspie
Daniel McAnaspie

Eoin Reynolds

A teenage boy begged for his life before being stabbed to death with a blade from a garden shears, a murder trial heard this morning.

Richard Dekker (30) with an address in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie at Tolka Valley Park, Blanchardstown on February 26, 2010.

At his trial today Detective Garda Patrick McDonagh told prosecuting counsel Brendan Grehan SC that he interviewed Mr Dekker several times on May 24 and 25, 2010 at Cabra Garda Station. Daniel's decomposed body had been found in a drainage ditch a little over one week earlier.

During those interviews Mr Dekker at first denied all knowledge of what happened to the teenager but later said that he saw his friend, Trevor Noone, "viciously" stab Daniel.

He said Noone first stabbed him in the back as they walked along the Tolka River. Daniel fell down the river bank and begged: "Please, please lads, I'm dying." Mr Dekker said he also begged Noone to leave Daniel alone but Noone insisted: "He has to go."

He said the final stab wound was "vicious" and that Noone twisted the blade "to make sure he was dead".

The trial continues this afternoon in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.

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