Tuesday 20 August 2019

Creighton killing sentencing continues

Gerard Stevens. Pic Collins Courts.
Gerard Stevens. Pic Collins Courts.
James Reid. Pic Collins Courts.
Graham Palmer. Pic Collins Courts.
Aisling Burke. Pic Collins Courts.

Natasha Reid

The sentencing hearing for seven people in connection with a New Year's Day attack that left a man dead will continue tomorrow.

Dale Creighton (20) was attacked on a Tallaght footbridge on January 1, 2014. He died in hospital the following day.

Five Dubliners have admitted to the 20-year-old's manslaughter, while two others are being sentenced for lesser offences.

The six men and one woman were originally charged with murder and went on trial in October, after pleading not guilty. Those charges were dropped after they pleaded guilty to lesser charges and had their new pleas accepted.

The seven accused, who are from Tallaght, are Aisling Burke (23) and David Burke (28), both of Collinstown, Co Westmeath; Graham Palmer (26) of Park Avenue, Portarlington, Co Laois; Ross Callery (23) of Gortlum Cottages, Brittas, Co Dublin; James Reid (26) of Glen Aoibhinn, Gorey, Co Wexford; Jason Beresford (23) of Ard a' Laoi, Castledermot, Co Kildare; and Gerard Stevens (27) of Grosvenor Square, Rathmines in Dublin.

Aisling Burke pleaded guilty to violent disorder at the bridge that New Year's morning. Graham Palmer, Ross Callery, Gerard Stevens, Jason Beresford and David Burke have now pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

James Reid pleaded guilty to possession of a knife.

Irish Independent

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