Sunday 17 December 2017

'I just got caught up with assault,' murder trial hears

Gerard Stevens is accused of the murder of Dale Creighton Picture: Collins
Gerard Stevens is accused of the murder of Dale Creighton Picture: Collins

Natahsa Reid

One of seven Dubliners charged with murdering a man said he didn't know why he had kicked a defenceless stranger in the head three times, adding that he "just got caught up" with it.

A jury in their Central Criminal Court trial yesterday heard evidence of Garda interviews with accused Gerard Stevens, who initially denied involvement.

Dale Creighton was assaulted on New Year's morning 2014 at the footbridge over the Tallaght bypass between Saint Dominic's Road and Greenhills Road in Dublin. The 20-year-old died in hospital the following day.

A woman and six men, who are in their 20s and from Tallaght, have all pleaded not guilty to murder.

Each accused also initially pleaded not guilty to violent disorder at the footbridge.

Jason Beresford later changed his plea and pleaded guilty to the violent disorder charge.

Garda Kieran Kilcoyne testified he arrested Mr Stevens on the night of January 3 that year and interviewed him.

He gave evidence Mr Stevens initially denied involvement, but he was then shown CCTV footage of himself and others assaulting Mr Creighton on the footbridge.

When he was asked in interview about his involvement, he replied: "I just got caught up with that."

The trial continues before Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy and a jury of six men and six women.

The accused are 23-year-old Aisling Burke and 28-year-old David Burke, both with a current address at Beechpark, Collinstown, Co Westmeath; Graham Palmer (26) with a current address at Park Avenue, Portarlington, Co Laois; Ross Callery (23), currently of Gortlum Cottages, Brittas, Co Dublin; James Reid (26) currently of Glen Aoibhinn, Gorey, Co Wexford; Jason Beresford (23), with an address at Coill Diarmada, Ard a' Laoi, Castledermot, Co Kildare; and Gerard Stevens (27), currently of Grosvenor Square, Rathmines in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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