Sunday 15 December 2019

Seven charged with murdering Dale Creighton sent for trail

Dale Creighton
Dale Creighton
Andrew Phelan

Andrew Phelan

SIX men and one woman charged with murdering Dale Creighton on a footbridge in Tallaght on New Year's Day have been sent for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

The seven accused had books of evidence served on them at Dublin District Court today, along with another man accused of seriously assaulting Mr Creighton (20).

Judge Michael Walsh remanded them all on bail pending their trial.

Aishling Burke, (20) of Bolbrook Grove; her brother David Burke, (25), Village Square; Jason Beresford, (20), Avonbeg Gardens; Ross Callery (20), Westpark Estate; Graham Palmer, (24), Homelawn Road; James Reid, (23), Homelawn Road and Gerard Stevens (24), St Dominic’s Terrace, all in Tallaght, are charged with the murder.

James O'Brien (21), with an address at Avonbeg Drive, also in Tallaght, is charged with seriously assaulting Mr Creighton.

Dale Creighton died after being assaulted at the footbridge at St Dominic’s Road, Tallaght, on January 1, 2014.

Today, a State Solicitor told Judge Michael Walsh that books of evidence were ready to be served on all eight accused. The DPP consented to the cases being sent for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

Solicitor Robert Purcell for Mr O’Brien queried whether the District Court judge had jurisdiction to return the assault charge for trial to the Central Criminal Court, which deals with murder and rape cases.

The court heard while it was unusual, there was no bar to this happening.

Judge Walsh gave each defendant the formal notice that they must provide within 14 days to the prosecution details of any alibis they intend to rely on in the course of their trials.

The defendants addressed the court only to confirm that they understood the alibi warnings as they were given.

All the accused were sent forward to the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court on existing bail terms, with no garda objections. Some were subject to independent sureties, while others had lodged cash in lieu of this.

The judge also made orders for disclosure by the prosecution of copies of videos of garda interviews of the accused.

He granted free legal aid to cover a solicitor as well as one junior and one senior counsel for each defendant at trial.

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