Tuesday 16 January 2018

Man 'admitted stabbing father of one'

Trevor Corr arrives at Tallaght District court. Inset: James Humphries
Trevor Corr arrives at Tallaght District court. Inset: James Humphries

Andrew Phelan

A JOBLESS man admitted stabbing a father of one to death because the victim was "sleeping in his bed", it has been alleged.

Tallaght District Court heard that Trevor Corr (37) is alleged to have fatally wounded James Humphries at the accused's home on Sunday.

The prosecuting garda in the manslaughter case alleged that Mr Corr admitted he had been on a drugs and alcohol "bender" when he killed Mr Humphries.

Judge Anthony Halpin granted bail under 13 of the "strictest conditions" and adjourned the case for a week.

Judge Halpin also commented that knife crime was now a daily feature of the district courts and called for greater search powers for gardai and increased penalties for offenders to be considered.

Gardai had objected to bail.

Defence Solicitor Padraig O'Donovan said Mr Corr would be "challenging all the admissions" he was alleged to have made.

The defendant was remanded in custody until he is in a position to take up bail.

Mr Corr, of Kiltalown Way, Tallaght, Co Dublin, is charged with the unlawful killing of Mr Humphries (32) at that address on September 22 last.

Outlining the allegations, Detective Garda David Jennings said a call was made to Dublin Fire Brigade at 6.30pm on Sunday in relation to a stabbing at the accused's residence.

AMBULANCE

At the scene, the ambulance crew found Mr Humphries lying on the ground outside the front door, going "in and out of consciousness".

Efforts were made to save his life and he was taken to Tallaght Hospital but pronounced dead a short time later.

It was alleged that Mr Corr made voluntary admissions "that he stabbed the deceased because he was asleep in his bed".

Det Garda Jennings claimed the accused repeated the admission while in custody. The detective also alleged a knife with blood on it was found where the accused said he had left it.

Det Gda Jennings alleged that the accused was an alcoholic who also took cocaine, speed and Diazepam, was on all of these at the time and had been on a "bender since last week".

Judge Halpin remanded the accused in custody with consent to bail, to appear in Cloverhill District Court on October 1.

Irish Independent

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