Thursday 23 November 2017

'Daniel can rest in peace' as killer jailed for 13 years​

Trevor Noone Picture: Collins
Trevor Noone Picture: Collins

Andrew Phelan

Justice has "finally been done" for teenager Daniel McAnaspie and he can "rest in peace now", his family said after a man was jailed for 13 years over his killing.

Daniel's sister Caitriona McAnaspie spoke out after Trevor Noone (29) was sentenced at the Central Criminal Court, where he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

A co-accused, Richard Dekker (30), had already been jailed for life after being found guilty of Daniel's murder by a jury.

"I'd like to thank everyone for their support over the last few years and especially the last couple of weeks," Ms McAnaspie said outside court. "Justice has finally been done for my brother so he can rest in peace now."

"He was a lovely young fella," another sister, Nikita, said. "He didn't deserve to die the way he did and them two absolute f***ing scumbags are going to rot in hell."

"We did seven years of trying to get justice for Daniel and (Noone) showed no remorse whatsoever, and he never apologised either," Caitriona McAnaspie added.

Earlier, gardaí had to intervene in angry clashes between supporters of the accused and the victim inside the court building.

Applause had erupted in the courtroom when Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy passed sentence on Noone, who did not react.

Daniel McAnaspie
Daniel McAnaspie

Daniel (17) was killed at Tolka Valley Park in north Dublin on February 26, 2010. His decomposed body was found almost three months later in a farmer's drain in Co Meath. He had been stabbed multiple times.

Dekker and Noone, both from the Blanchardstown area, became suspects in the disappearance because they were known to have been with Daniel the evening he went missing.

Daniel an orphan who had been in the care of the HSE, had skipped curfew and spent the evening with Dekker, Noone and three other friends. Around 4am, Daniel's friends went home but he remained with Dekker and Noone.

The men initially denied knowing what happened to Daniel, but after his body was found they each blamed the other for stabbing him and hiding his body.

Throughout interviews, Noone had blamed Dekker for the killing. He also admitted he knew Dekker was carrying a blade and wanted to stab Daniel.

Sentencing Noone, Judge McCarthy said what happened was "quite horrific in nature".

Daniel was placed in a suitcase and Noone had got into it to "measure the size", the judge said.

The body was then brought to a location in Co Meath and dropped into a drain.

"Mr McAnaspie did nothing whatsoever to deserve this," Judge McCarthy said.

Noone had said of the co-accused: "He said he was going to stab him" and that he had half a garden shears before the killing.

The judge said this showed Noone's "level of moral culpability".

Referring to a psychological report, he said it stated Noone had "cognitive difficulty" and what was described a "schizoid personality".

Judge McCarthy said that, unlike the co-accused, Noone had shown remorse. The main factors in mitigation were this remorse and his plea of guilty, the judge said.

Irish Independent

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