Tuesday 24 April 2018

'I'm no rat,' says man accused of screwdriver murders

Natasha Reid

A MAN accused of a double murder refused to give detectives the name of the person who stabbed two Polish mechanics because he was "no rat", the Central Criminal Court heard yesterday.

Sean Keogh (21) of Vincent Street West, Inchicore, Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the men outside their home on Benbulben Road, Drimnagh, Dublin. He is one of two men on trial for the crime and is being tried under the joint enterprise law.

David Curran (19) of Lissadel Green, Drimnagh, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Pawel Kalite (28) and Marius Szwajkos (27) but guilty to their manslaughter on February 23, 2008.

Detective Garda William Ryan told the court that Mr Keogh was arrested two days after the stabbings.

"I didn't do anything. I've nothing to hide," Mr Keogh said. "I didn't kill anyone. I didn't stab anyone."

He admitted being at the scene but insisted that someone else was the assailant.

Mr Keogh was told that a teenage girl had said he was the stabber. "She was lying," he said. "I didn't do any murders."


He was asked why he would not help gardai and himself by naming the stabber. "I'm no rat," he replied.

He later agreed to recount his part in the fight, without naming anyone else.

"Someone got a phone call that there was a fight outside the chipper," he said.

"We ran up and the fight broke out again at the garden. A man got stabbed. I kicked him in the head.

"I got a fright," he said of seeing his friend stab the man, and he agreed he was upset afterwards, when he ran off and burnt his runners at a block of flats.

"I washed my bottoms," he said of the tracksuit he was wearing, adding that there was not much blood on them. "There was a good bit on my runners."

He said the first time he saw the screwdriver was when the man was being stabbed. "It wasn't planned," he said.

"All I did was give your man one boot. That's all and then I legged it," he said. "I didn't have a screwdriver."

He was asked if he had any sympathy for the family of the deceased. "Yeah, I'm sorry for what happened," he said. "I told the truth on my part."

His co-accused, David Curran, now admits that he was the only person who stabbed the victims. However, when arrested, he had named Mr Keogh as the stabber.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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