Thursday 12 December 2019

Dale Creighton died ‘due to blunt force injury to head’

The bridge in Tallaght, inset, Dale Creighton who was attacked on New Year's Day
The bridge in Tallaght, inset, Dale Creighton who was attacked on New Year's Day

Gareth Naughton

A YOUNG man who was attacked on a footbridge on New Year’s Day died as a result of blunt force injury to the head, his inquest has heard.

Dale Creighton (20) from Glenshane Grove in Tallaght, Dublin 24, died at Beaumont Hospital on January 2 this year, the day after he suffered serious injuries in the attack on the pedestrian bridge at Priorsgate, St Dominic’s Road in Tallaght.

There are currently eight people before the courts facing charges in relation to the incident.

At the opening of the inquest into his death at Dublin Coroner’s Court, coroner Dr Brian Farrell told the family that the deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis had carried out the post-mortem at the city mortuary in Marino on the day after Mr Creighton’s death. The preliminary post-mortem report has given the cause of death as “blunt force injury to the head”, he said.

Mr Creighton’s mother Rhoda Creighton was visibly upset as she gave evidence that she identified her son’s body at Beaumont Hospital to Garda Ciara Padden of Ballymun Garda Station on the day of his death.

Inspector Derek Maguire requested an adjournment of the inquest because a number of persons have been charged and are before the courts in relation to the matter. Dr Farrell said that he was aware of some of the circumstances of the death but he could not comment any further at the moment. He adjourned the inquest without a date until criminal proceedings have been completed.

Seven men and one woman face charges in relation to the incident. In mid-March, Dublin District Court was told that additional time was needed to obtain directions from the DPP in the matter due to the size of the investigation.

A charge of violent disorder has been brought against Graham Palmer (24) of Homelawn Road; Aisling Burke (20) from Bolbrook Grove; David Burke (25) of Village Square and James O’Brien (21) of Avonbeg Drive, all in Tallaght. The same charge is faced by Jason Beresford (20), Gerard Stephens (24) and Ross Callery (20). James Reid (23) from Homelawn Avenue in Tallaght, has been charged with producing a knife during the course of a dispute. The addresses of some defendants cannot be published by order of the court.

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