Sunday 25 August 2019

Irene White’s dying sister calls on DPP to prosecute ‘mastermind’ behind ‘most brutal attack on female’ leading to murder in State’s history

Anne Delcassian, sister of Irene White, pictured outside the court in 2018
Picture; Gerry Mooney
Anne Delcassian, sister of Irene White, pictured outside the court in 2018 Picture; Gerry Mooney
Niall Power arriving at Dundalk Court where he was charged with the murder of Irene White
Anne Delcassian, sister of Irene White, pictured outside the court. Picture; Gerry Mooney

Natasha Reid

THE terminally-ill sister of Irene White has called on the DPP to use its ‘sufficient’ evidence to prosecute the ‘mastermind’ behind what’s said to be ‘the most brutal attack on a female leading to a murder in the history of the State’.

It follows the sentencing to life of her killer and ‘the middle man’, who said that they were acting under the instructions of another man.

Anne Delcassian could not be in court today to see that middle man sentenced to life in prison for her sister’s murder as she has weeks to live due to cancer.

However, her husband, Kenny Delcassian, attended with her solicitor, Kevin Winters, who spoke to the media outside the Central Criminal Court, following the sentencing of Niall Power.

Irene White was murdered in April 2005
Irene White was murdered in April 2005

Power, with an address at Giles Quay, Riverstown, Dundalk, Co Louth was the second man to be given a life sentence for murdering the mother of three 14 years ago. The father of four pleaded guilty to the murder at Ice House, Demesne Road, Dundalk, Co Louth on April 6, 2005.

He had handed himself into gardai last year, the day after the knife attacker had been sentenced to life for the same crime. Power described himself to gardai as the middle man.

The man, who actually stabbed Ms White to death, Anthony Lambe (35), of Annadrumman, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, was jailed for life last January after he pleaded guilty to murder.

Lambe had told investigating gardai that he carried out the brutal murder after an individual had asked him to kill Ms White on behalf of someone else. He said he later received “a relatively small sum of money” after stabbing Irene and cutting her throat. 

When the registrar read the indictment to Power and asked him how he was pleading, he replied, “Guilty”.

Reacting after Power’s sentencing today, Mr Winters noted that two people had now been convicted by the court, ‘the killer’ and ‘the so-called middleman’.

“But we’ve yet to find and have prosecuted the mastermind to the killing of Irene white. So, the mastermind remains elusive,” he said. “We say, on behalf of my client, that the gardai and the DPP actually have the evidence; they have circumstantial evidence.”

He said the authorities now had sufficient information and evidence to prosecute the mastermind.

“That’s what we call upon the gardai and DPP to do today, to do the right thing by the sister of the deceased, who’s very, very ill and can’t be here today,” he continued. “Have the third man in this case, in what is a murderous triumvirate, to have him prosecuted.”

He said that two full books of evidence had been prepared for the prosecutions against the two people convicted to date.

“We would say there’s sufficient and ample material within those books of evidence, and additional information and material that points towards a decision to prosecute,” he said. “Sadly given the life-limiting nature of Anne, that’s probably just far too late for her.”

He commented that Ms White’s daughter had spoken very poignantly in court.

“Indeed, poignancy is the word that underpins this prosecution and this case,” he said, adding that there was a story not yet before the court.

“We’ve heard a lot. We’ve heard harrowing stories. We’ve heard difficult details about the heinous nature of the crime,” he said.

“This case has been described as the most brutal attack on a female leading to a murder in the history of the State: 34 stabs of the deceased,” he stated. “We would say that now is the time; it’s long overdue to make the story complete and to have that third prosecution.”

Ms White’s ex-husband Alan, who was in court for the hearing, said he had hoped for years that her killer would come forward.

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