Wednesday 22 October 2014

Toyosi died from single stab wound to heart, court told

Nicola Donnelly

Published 08/12/2012 | 05:00

A 15-YEAR-OLD Nigerian boy died from a 13-centimetre deep single stab wound through the heart, the Central Criminal Court jury has heard.

State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy told the trial of a man accused of murdering Toyosi Shittabey on Good Friday two years ago, that the only significant injury to Toyosi when she carried out a post-mortem was a "single stab wound to the left upper chest measuring 3.6cm by 2cm and 13cm in depth."

It was day four of the trial of Michael Barry (26), of Pigeon House Road, Ringsend, Dublin, who has pleaded not guilty to the teenager's murder.

Toyosi Shittabey died on April 2, 2010 at The Boulevard, Mount Eustace in Tyrrelstown, Dublin. Mr Barry has also pleaded not guilty of producing a baseball bat in the course of a dispute.

It is the prosecution's case that Mr Barry's brother Paul, who is now deceased, inflicted the stab wound on Toyosi but that Michael was an accessory to the murder.

Prof Cassidy said the stabbing was of "mild to moderate force" and because of the shape of the wound she could say that the knife was held in a downward angle with the person's hand holding the knife in an arch-like direction, rather than thrusting the knife downwards into the body.

She said Toyosi had lost a considerable amount of blood rapidly and that he was pronounced dead at James Connolly Memorial Hospital at 9.04pm.

The trial also heard from neighbours who gave evidence that they heard racist shouts outside their homes.

Helen McDonald said she saw a group of youths, who were mostly black, and two males in their late 20s and 30s.

"I also heard someone with a prominent Dublin accent shouting: 'Ye f****** niggers'," said Ms McDonald.

Natalie Morris told counsel she heard one of the older white men shouting "Come on, you niggers", when a woman approached the two older men and handed one of them a baseball bat.

She said at one stage she did see the smaller of the two men on the ground being kicked by the black teenagers.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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