Tuesday 24 April 2018

Teen admits attempted murder of 17-year-old

Tadhg Costello: Changed plea
Tadhg Costello: Changed plea

Niamh O'Donoghue

A TEENAGER has admitted the attempted murder of a 17-year-old in a dramatic change of plea in the Central Criminal Court.

Tadhg Costello (18) of Richmond Hill, Monkstown, had previously pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Josh Leahy at Johnson's Court in Dublin city on May 31, 2012.

He had also pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Leahy and unlawful possession of a knife on the same date.

But Paul Burns, prosecuting, told the court on day five of the trial yesterday that Costello could be rearraigned on the attempted murder charge, and he pleaded guilty.

Mr Justice Paul Butler told the jury the plea was accepted and thanked them before excusing them from further service for a period of five years.

STABBED

Last week, the jury heard how Mr Leahy was stabbed six times in the back after leaving a nightclub on South William Street, Dublin 2 on May 30 last year.

He suffered a collapsed lung and had his chest drained at St James's Hospital. He had been at the nightclub with two other friends.

He said he was walking towards Grafton Street when the incident happened at the junction of Clarendon Street and Johnson's Court.

Mr Leahy said he and his two friends met a group of eight people who started shouting at them as they were walking by.

He said he knew one of them, Sean Plunkett, who was dating his ex-girlfriend Sarah Whelan.

He said he was assaulted and afterwards his ex-girlfriend asked him if he was okay -- and told him he had been stabbed.

Mr Justice Butler remanded Costello on continuing bail and will sentence him on March 7 next year. He ordered victim impact reports be made available to the court.

Irish Independent

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