Wednesday 24 January 2018

Toyosi friends were agitated at stab scene, trial told

Nicola Donnelly

A NUMBER of young men claiming to be friends of stabbed teenager Toyosi Shittabey were in a "highly agitated and aggressive state" when gardai arrived, a court heard.

Garda John Santry, who was one of the first gardai at the scene of the killing in west Dublin on April 2, 2010, said he had to ask the group several times to step away from the 15-year-old's body. It was day five of the trial of Michael Barry (26), of Pigeon House Road, Ringsend in Dublin 4, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of the Nigerian teenager. Mr Barry has also pleaded not guilty to producing a baseball bat in the course of a dispute.

The charges relate to the death of Toyosi at The Boulevard, Mount Eustace in Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15.

It is the prosecution's case that Michael's brother Paul, who is now dead, inflicted the stab wound but that Michael was an accessory to the murder.

Gda Santry said he saw a young, black teen lying on the roadside.

"There was a number of young, black males and young, white females around him and people there were getting agitated and angry," said Gda Santry.

A brother of Paul Barry's partner Colette has told counsel he received a call to go to her house at Mount Garrett Rise.

Brian Murphy said when he got to his sister's house, he had a conversation with Michael and Paul Barry and he noticed Michael had red scuff marks on his head.

"They told me to go around and get the gardai and bring them back to the house as Michael had mentioned his phone was stolen and they were beaten up," said Mr Murphy.

He said he asked gardai to follow him back to the house where gardai spoke with the Barry brothers.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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