Saturday 23 September 2017

'We hope you rot in hell', family of man stabbed with shears tells killers

Richard Dekker, jailed for life for killing Daniel McAnaspie
Richard Dekker, jailed for life for killing Daniel McAnaspie

Eoin Reynolds

Daniel McAnaspie's family want his killers to "rot in hell", they told the Central Criminal Court.

Daniel's sister Nikita McAnaspie addressed a sentence hearing for the man convicted of his murder and said Daniel's death had made their lives meaningless, adding: "We hate the people who did this."

Richard Dekker (30), from Blanchardstown in Dublin, was found guilty last month of the murder of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie at Tolka Valley Park on February 26, 2010.

The teenager's body was found almost three months later in a drain about 30km from where he was killed. He had been stabbed multiple times with the blade of a garden shears.

Trevor Noone (28), also from the Blanchardstown area of Dublin, pleaded guilty to manslaughter for his part in Daniel's death.

At the sentence hearing Ms McAnaspie spoke on behalf of her family. She said Dekker and Noone had taken their "beloved Daniel from us in the most tragic circumstances".

Daniel McAnaspie
Daniel McAnaspie

When the family first heard Daniel was missing in February 2010, they immediately feared the worst and searched fields, parks and rivers, still hoping he would return to them with a smile on his face and tell them they had been worrying about nothing.

"While we searched, the people who killed him watched us," she said.

Describing Noone and Dekker as evil, she said Daniel was a child who did not deserve to be murdered. Noting that Daniel begged for his life as he was stabbed to death, she said the family was haunted by thoughts of his final moments.

"We hope they rot in hell," she added.

Det-Sgt Dan Callaghan told the court that Dekker and Noone became suspects in the disappearance of Daniel McAnaspie because they were known to have been with him the evening he went missing.

Daniel, who was in the care of the HSE, had skipped his curfew and spent the evening with Dekker, Noone and three other friends.

In the early hours of the morning, Daniel's friends went home but he remained with Dekker and Noone.

Det-Sgt Callaghan said Noone and Dekker initially denied all knowledge of what happened to Daniel. But after his body was found they each blamed the other for stabbing Daniel and hiding his body.

Justice Patrick McCarthy sentenced Dekker to life imprisonment, the mandatory term for murder.

But the judge adjourned sentencing on Noone until April 24.

Irish Independent

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