Saturday 24 February 2018

Accused said he did not see brother carrying knife

Nicola Donnelly

A MAN accused of murdering a Nigerian teenager told gardai he did not see his brother carrying a knife.

Michael Barry told gardai in his initial interview that prior to the stabbing of Toyosi Shittabey, he was "extremely annoyed, worked up and I just wanted my phone back''.

A Central Criminal Court jury heard transcripts of the interviews Mr Barry gave gardai on the night of the murder. He admitted he told his brother Paul to get into the car as they were going after the youths to "grab one to see if he had my phone".

"I probably would have given him a few slaps."

At an earlier altercation, he told gardai, he and Paul were hit in the face and he had swung a punch at a black male teen who was kicking Paul.

"I was on the ground trying to protect my head and got kicked in the ribs. The teens were still mouthing off and one of them started to taunt us with a screwdriver," he told gardai.

One of them picked up something that looked like his mobile phone and ran away, he said.

Mr Barry (26), of Pigeon House Road, Ringsend, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Toyosi Shittabey (15) on April 2, 2010, at The Boulevard, Mount Eustace in Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15. He has also pleaded not guilty to producing a baseball bat during the row.

It is the prosecution's case that his brother Paul, now deceased, inflicted the knife wound on Toyosi but that Michael was an accessory.

The accused agreed with gardai he was "driving in a rage" when they went after the teens.

He said that although there was a baton in the car, Paul did not take it out.

The trial went into legal argument for the afternoon and is expected to resume this morning.

Irish Independent

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