Saturday 23 February 2019

Teen in Anabel killing case facing public order charges

Fiach Kelly

A FORMER Blackrock College student who served 18 months in jail in connection with the death of a teenager outside the Anabel nightclub in south Dublin appeared in court yesterday on public order charges.

Sean Mackey, who was jailed for two years in 2004 in connection with the death of Brian Murphy, appeared on charges of breaching the peace and failing to obey a garda order. The incident is alleged to have taken place on Grafton Street on December 29.

The 28-year-old previously appeared before the court two weeks ago and will appear again on May 26. Mr Mackey said nothing during his brief hearing in the Bridewell District Court.


He is charged with urinating in a public place, using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour and words with intent to provoke a breach of the peace and failing to comply with a garda direction.

Mr Mackey, with an address at Gasworks in Ballsbridge, was arrested and charged at Pearse Street garda station.

He was jailed in February 2004 for two years for violent disorder after the death of Brian Murphy outside Anabel's in August, 2000. He served 18 months and was released in September, 2005.

Four former Blackrock College students including Mr Mackey, Dermot Laide, Andrew Frame and Desmond Ryan -- were tried for manslaughter and violent disorder in connection with the death of the 18 year old. Dermot Laide, from Co Monaghan, was convicted of manslaughter.

This was later quashed, but the violent disorder charge was upheld. He served 19 months at Portlaoise prison, and later at Loughan House. Desmond Ryan was sentenced to nine months for his involvement in Mr Murphy's death. His conviction was quashed. Andrew Frame was cleared on the manslaughter charge and acquitted on the second charge.

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