Monday 21 April 2014

Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of David Whyte

David Whyte was stabbed more than 100 times

A man has been found jailed for life after a jury found him guilty of murdering David Whyte in 2008.

The sisters of murder victim David Whyte (35), burst into tears after a Dublin man was sentenced to life imprisonment for the fatal stabbing of their brother.

A jury of seven men and four women (one juror was discharged due to illness) came to the unanimous decision at the Central Criminal Court today after three hours of deliberations over two days.

Criostoir MacCarthaigh (36) of An Gleann, Baile Phamar (Palmerstown), had pleaded not guilty to stabbing Mr Whyte more than 100 times between September 24 and 26, 2008.

The murder trial heard that the accused had stabbed the deceased ‘to pieces’ in the ruin of an old church five years ago.

The jury heard that Criostoir MacCarthaigh had been drinking in a flat in Phibsborough on the night of the killing

It was the prosecution's case that he had left at around 11pm to go into the city centre when he encountered David Whyte on Ulster Street. The State contended that Mr MacCarthaigh then attacked and drove David Whyte to Mill Lane in Palmerstown where he stabbed him repeatedly in a church ruin.

David Whyte’s two sisters Lesley and Paula were emotional following the delivery of the verdict.

In a victim impact statement read to the court by David Whytes brother-in-law Jonathan Spollen, he described David as a ‘gentle’ giant.

“David was a happy go lucky, gentle giant who never harmed a soul in his life,” said Mr Spollen.

“Unfortunately our Davey found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time after a night out socialising with his friends. It could have been anybody’s son, brother or friend that found themselves in this horrendous situation.”

Mr Spollen went on to thank the Gardai for their tireless efforts and their compassion and courtesy at a ‘delicate time’.

Speaking about the victim, he said that 35-year-old David Whyte was a completely innocent man.

“David was a completely innocent man minding his own business, walking home from the pub when he was viciously attacked, abducted and brutally murdered,” he said. 

Speaking outside the court, Mr Spollen added that he had nothing to say about Criostoir MacCarthaigh.

“There is no motive – it was an absolute attack on an innocent man who found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

“He was walking home from the pub, he was attacked, he was stabbed to death, he was left on his own in a strange place and nobody knew where he was or what was wrong. We didn’t know he was even missing when this all occurred. He was an absolutely innocent man.”

“I have nothing to say about him (Criostoir MacCarthaigh). We got the verdict that we believe is the right verdict.

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