'Victim took out a knife,' accused tells murder trial
One of seven Dubliners charged with murdering a man, who was beaten to death, said he had hit him because the deceased had pulled a knife on him and stolen his sister's phone.
A jury in the Central Criminal Court trial was yesterday hearing evidence of Garda interviews conducted with one of the accused, David Burke, who said he had tried to stop others assaulting the deceased.
Dale Creighton was assaulted on New Year's morning 2014 at the footbridge over the Tallaght bypass between Saint Dominic's Road and Greenhills Road. The 20-year-old died in hospital the following day.
A woman and six men, who are in their 20s and from Tallaght, have all pleaded not guilty to murder.
Garda Sinéad McCormack testified that she arrested Mr Burke on January 2 that year.
He was interviewed a number of times at Rathfarnham Garda station. He said that he was on his way home from a club when he saw a number of males running. He said his sister then ran around the corner, screaming that they had her phone.
"I chased one of them," he said. "He pulled a knife on me so I backed off."
He said that other people were chasing him too. He said that more people arrived, but he found out that the male he had chased didn't have the phone.
"I legged it out of there. I didn't want anything to do with it," he said, denying in the early interviews that he had hit the deceased.
He was then shown footage of the assault and he identified himself holding a steel rod. "I threw that little steel yoke I had off the bridge at him," he said.
"I hit him a dig for pulling a knife on me and robbing my sister's bag," he said later.
He said in interview that he was sorry that he didn't stop the assault.
"I tried. You can see in the video," he said.
The rest of the accused are Aisling Burke (23)and David Burke (28), both with a current address at Beechpark, Collinstown, Co Westmeath; 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 Diarmada, Ard a' Laoi, Castledermot, Co Kildare; and Gerard Stevens (27), currently of Grosvenor Square, Rathmines in Dublin.
The trial continues before Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy.