Thursday 27 July 2017

Teen stab victim chased down dead end, court told

Natasha Reid

A teenager was chased into a 'dead end' before being stabbed nine times in a darkened area of an apartment complex, a murder trial has heard.

The Central Criminal Court heard that, on the night of March 19, 2011, David Byrne (pictured) had "nowhere to go" after being chased into the carpark of Emmet Court in Inchicore, Dublin, where he received fatal stab wounds.

Marcus Kirwan (19), of Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to murdering 19-year-old Mr Byrne, who had lived at Davitt House, also in Drimnagh.

An Inchicore resident told the first day of his trial that he drove by "a group of lads" as he returned home to Emmet Lodge shortly after 10.30pm that night.

"As I was driving by them, they pulled their hoods up," said Thomas Quinn, of the three or four males.

He testified that he slowed down at the speed ramp as he entered the complex.

"As I slowed down, the lad that was stabbed ran by me," he recalled.

"There was another lad not too far behind him," he continued, explaining that the other men slowed down.

"The lad that was stabbed ran into a dead end," he said.

"The (other) lad caught up with him because he had nowhere to go."

He explained that there was a six or seven-foot high wall in that area.

"As far as I could see, he was trying to make it over the wall," he said. "It all happened so quick."

Mr Quinn said he thought the incident was a "digging match" at first as he thought he saw the second man punch the first man in the back.

However, as he parked his car, he heard someone scream: "Help him. He's after being stabbed," the court was told.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and a jury six men and six women.

Irish Independent

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