Friday 23 February 2018

Girl tried to set up alibi by text

Murder trial told message was intended for accused

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

A teenage girl admitted writing a text message proposing that she and her friend should say they were "babysitting" as an alibi on the night two Polish men were stabbed to death.

Pawel Kalite (29) and Marius Szwajkos (27) died after being stabbed in the head with a screwdriver on February 23, 2008, on Benbulben Road in Drimnagh, Dublin, half an hour after Mr Kalite got into a fight outside the local chipper.

David Curran (19), of Lissadel Green, Drimnagh, denies murder but admits manslaughter due to provocation. His 21-year-old co-accused, Sean Keogh, of Vincent Street West, Inchicore, Dublin, also denies murder.

The text message was discovered by gardai in the unsent 'drafts' section of the phone of a girl present at the scene, the trial at the Dublin Central Criminal Court heard yesterday.

Drafted shortly after midnight on the night of the killing, the message read: "xxxxxx Do you know what I was thinking, you could say me and you were over at ('s) babysitting cos me and u the only ones without an alibi. ( ) does, ( ) is saying she was in his gaff, ( ) is saying he was at ( )'s gaff."

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court that this text was intended for Mr Curran, but she did not send it.

The text was amongst a volume of traffic between the mobile phones of the young girl, Mr Curran and Mr Keogh on the night of the killing.

The jury heard of a text the girl sent to Mr Curran at about 10pm that night where she referred to a "mad night".

Mr Curran replied telling her to delete the text and get a new phone number.


Mr Keogh then texted the girl saying: "On teletext about other thing. We're f*****."

She replied, "I know, yeah", and Mr Keogh texted back: "I had to help my mate. I burnt my new runners and all."

Mr Keogh later repeated: "Swear to God we're f*****."

The teenage girl gave her evidence via video link, telling the court that she had spent much of that day drinking with friends, including Mr Curran and Mr Keogh. That evening a row took place outside the chipper when a Polish man "bumped into" a young male friend "for no reason".

The girl admitted that she had made four calls to Mr Curran between 6.34pm and 6.40pm, directly after the incident, explaining that she had told him the young boy had been in a fight.

Shortly after this, she saw Mr Curran and Mr Keogh running from the direction of the Marble Arch pub. Mr Curran was screaming because he thought his father had been stabbed, she said, explaining: "Someone rang him and said his da was after getting stabbed."

However, she denied having been the one to do this. She said she only noticed a screwdriver in Mr Curran's hand while he was "over talking to the Polish people".

Then Mr Curran struck the first man and the girl saw him fall. She didn't see the second man being struck.

Cross questioning, Giollaoisa O Lideadha put it to her that she and Mr Curran had attempted to "leave a trail of texts of everything's fine", that some texts were about "setting up a false alibi" and also some texts were about destroying relevant evidence and that Mr Curran had tried to get her to cover up.

"No, not really, he was just trying to get the two of us out of it," the girl replied.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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