Saturday 18 November 2017

Teenager's body 'stuffed into suitcase' after he died, trial hears

Danny McAnaspie
Danny McAnaspie

Nicola Donnelly

THE trial of two men accused of the murder of teenager Daniel McAnaspie, who was in the care of the State at the time of his death three years ago, has heard his body was "stuffed into a suitcase" days after he was killed.

Trevor Noone (25) admitted to gardai he and Richard Dekker (27) both put the body of Daniel into a suitcase days after he was stabbed and moved him from where he says Dekker hid the body in bushes.

Noone also told gardai he did not stab Daniel but named Dekker as the one who did.

Noone and Dekker, both of Whitestown Avenue in Blanchardstown, Dublin, have each pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie at Tolka Valley Park, Blanchardstown, on February 26, 2010.

Yesterday, prosecuting counsel Brendan Grehan read out Noone's garda interview with Detective Patrick Traynor taken on May 25, 2010, to the jury.

Noone showed gardai where the stabbing of Daniel took place on a map. He also admitted to gardai they both moved the body a few days later.

He said both he and Dekker wore doctor's surgery gloves when they went back to the scene to place Daniel's body into a three-foot suitcase.

"His (Daniel's) body was stiff and we both forced him into the case. I never wanted to do it," Noone told gardai.

He said he wheeled Daniel's body in the case to an Audi A4 car, which another man drove away. He denied bringing the body to Rathfeigh in Co Meath, where it was found in a ditch three months later.

Noone admitted punching Daniel earlier in the night but that he was "alright" afterwards and they shook hands.

He told gardai Dekker stabbed the teenager with a large knife "three or four times in the back and stomach".

STABBED

He said when Dekker stabbed Daniel, the teen moaned 'Agggh' but he did not scream out. He claims Daniel begged 'I'm sorry, give me another chance', when Dekker stabbed him.

He claims Dekker was "laughing and had a mad look in his eyes" while stabbing the teenager. He told gardai he "legged it" because he thought he would be next.

He claims he told Dekker to "leave it out", but that he did not try to physically stop him from stabbing Daniel.

He told gardai he "was sorry for the part I played. I'm not a killer".

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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