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Murder trial jury asks to see garden shears blade allegedly used to stab McAnaspie (17)


Daniel McAnaspie

Daniel McAnaspie

Daniel McAnaspie

A jury at a murder trial has asked to be shown the blade from a garden shears that was allegedly used to stab a 17-year-old boy to death.

Richard Dekker (30), with an address in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie at Tolka Valley Park, Blanchardstown on February 26, 2010.

The jury of seven women and five men have been considering their verdict at the Central Criminal Court for over seven hours.

Today they asked if they could take a blade from a garden shears into the jury room.

The prosecution case is that Mr Dekker and another man, Trevor Noone, lured Daniel to a secluded area of Tolka Valley Park where Mr Noone stabbed the teenager repeatedly with the shears.

The jury also asked for an explanation of the difference between manslaughter and murder.

Justice Patrick McCarthy told them that for a person to be guilty of murder they must have the intention to kill or cause serious harm. If the accused intended to cause an injury that was less than serious but more than trivial then he should be found guilty of manslaughter.

He explained to the jury that they must decide what "serious harm" means as it is not defined by law.

The jury was sent home at 4pm and will return tomorrow.

Online Editors