Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jury told 'two wrongs don't make right' in raider death

Selina Colgan

A prosecutor in a case where a man is accused of murdering a supermarket raider told a jury that two wrongs don't make a right.

A jury in the trial of the 22-year-old man accused of murdering the raider has been sent home for the night after deliberating for three hours and nine minutes in the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

David Wilson (22) of Darndale, Dublin denies murdering Paul Howe (22) as he tried to make his getaway following an armed robbery at Supervalu on the Howth Road on October 8, 2008.

Prosecutors claim Mr Wilson stabbed Mr Howe of Tallaght, Dublin seven times as he attempted to climb over a wall in the car park behind the store.

Earlier, the jury heard closing speeches by both the prosecution and the defence. Paul Burns SC, prosecuting, reminded the jury of the old adage that two wrongs don't make a right.

He said: "It was wrong and unlawful for Mr Howe to carry out that robbery of the store but it was also wrong and unlawful for Mr Wilson to stab Mr Howe.

"Whatever the deceased had done earlier, by the time he met his death he was an unarmed man." The barrister reminded the jury they had heard evidence and seen CCTV footage that showed Mr Wilson walking away for Mr Howe and then walking back to stab him again.

Brendan Grehan SC, defending, said it would be a travesty and the harshest possible verdict a jury could render to find the accused guilty of murder.

He described Mr Wilson as "an innocent bystander'' guilty at most of an error in judgment and circumstances could have been very different.

The jury of seven men and five women will resume their deliberations this morning.

Irish Independent

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