Tuesday 20 March 2018

Brothers charged with Toyosi murder

Shane Hickey

TWO brothers have been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old schoolboy.

Paul (39) and Michael (24) Barry appeared before a court yesterday in connection with the death of Toyosi Shittabey, who was stabbed in west Dublin at the beginning of April.

The young footballer died as a result of the knife wounds following an altercation just a few hundred yards from his home in the Mount Eustace estate in Tyrrelstown.

The two brothers appeared before Blanchardstown district court yesterday morning.

Both are accused of the murder of Toyosi Shittabey at The Boulevard on April 2.

Detective Garda Karl Smyth told the court Michael Barry had said "absolute rubbish" when he was charged.

During his brief appearance before the court, Michael Barry, with an address at Pigeonhouse Road in Ringsend, stood wearing a sky blue hoodie, blue jeans and white runners.

He is also charged with producing a hockey stick during the incident.

Detective Garda Tom Cooney said Paul Barry, of Pearse Street in Dublin, had made no reply when charged. A previous charge of manslaughter against him was struck out.


Neither of the men said anything during their court appearance.

Judge Brian Sheridan remanded the two men in custody to appear before Blanchardstown District Court on September 28. Legal aid was granted for both men.

The short court appearance was attended by Bola Shittabey, the mother of Toyosi, who was visibly upset while she sat with friends and a garda sergeant who worked closely with the local community following the death.

Toyosi had been returning home from a trip to the National Aquatic Centre with friends when he was involved in an altercation which resulted in his death on Good Friday.

The teenager had been a keen footballer and had played for Shelbourne's Under-15s. He was a student in the local Hartstown community school where there was a massive outpouring of grief following his death.

He was one of six children from a family who had moved from Nigeria 11 years ago.

Irish Independent

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