Man stabbed 28 times then pushed into canal, court told
A man has gone on trial charged with attempting to murder another man twice, first by stabbing him 28 times and later by ordering him into the boot of a car that was pushed into a canal.
Despite suffering a punctured lung, the injured man managed to escape from the car and swim to shore.
Gerard Boyle gave evidence to the Central Criminal Court yesterday in the trial of Paul Crosby, of Rathmullen Park, Drogheda.
The accused (22) has pleaded not guilty to attempting to murder, to falsely imprisoning and to causing serious harm to Mr Boyle on November 10, 2016, at Knockcommon, Beauparc, Slane, Co Meath.
He has also pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Mr Boyle later on the same date at Boyne Canal, Drogheda.
Mr Boyle said he was living with his mother and brother in Beechwood Avenue, Drogheda, at the time.
He told Patrick Gageby SC, prosecuting, Mr Crosby had smashed a window in his home earlier that year and had then used the handle of a shotgun to push in the glass.
Mr Boyle said the accused had again called to his home on the night of the stabbing, asking if he wanted to go for a chat to sort things out. He agreed to "go for a spin" with him and two other men.
He said that they drove to the river, where another car was parked. He, the accused and one of the other men got in and Mr Crosby drove them west towards Slane.
Mr Boyle took over driving when they got to Knockcommon, because the accused said he couldn't talk while driving. Mr Crosby had then got into the seat directly behind him and the other man got into the passenger seat.
"I was driving for about 30 seconds and I felt something sticking into my left arm and turned around," he said. "Paul had a knife. I pulled the handbrake and stopped the car and he stabbed me in the back.
"I tried to get away but the seat belt was strapped in.
"He got me in the back of the neck with the knife... I put my hands up on my neck and he stabbed me in the hands."
Mr Boyle said he had managed to get out onto the road. The accused told him to get up and get into the back.
"I couldn't breathe," he recalled. He said that he went to get into the back seat but that the accused told him to get into the boot instead.
"He just said we're going to bring you to the hospital," he said.
"Did you believe him?" asked Mr Gageby. "50/50," he replied.
When the car stopped he began pushing against the back seat and eventually managed get out of the boot onto the seat.
"I opened the side door and I could see I was in water," he recalled. "I looked around and swam across up onto the bank."
He was hospitalised for about two weeks.
Michael Bowman SC, defending, will continue cross-examining Mr Boyle on Monday.