Saturday 24 February 2018

Victim’s girlfriend ‘doesn’t remember naming accused men as meat cleaver attackers’, court told

Jessie Magee

THE trial of two men accused of attacking someone with a meat cleaver has heard that the alleged victim’s ex-girlfriend now doesn’t remember naming the men as attackers.

Alan Wilson (33) of New Street Gardens, Dublin 8 and David Crowley (36) of New Bride Street, Dublin 8, have denied carrying out the assault at a house on Dromheath Drive in Blanchardstown on 3rd June 2009.


Both accused men pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the offence of trespass while committing assault causing harm.


Mr Crowley also pleaded not guilty to a second charge of unlawfully possessing a firearm on the same occasion.


Lisa Murray, a former girlfriend of the alleged victim, gave a statement to gardaí on the evening of the alleged incident, saying she had witnessed her then-partner David O'Brien being struck on the head with a meat cleaver by Mr Crowley.


However giving evidence to the jury today, Ms Murray said she doesn't remember making any statement to gardaí.


Det Gda Kieran Mullally told the court that Ms Murray had voluntarily given him a statement. Although she had been angry, Gda Mullally said, she had been composed and able to articulate herself and explain clearly what she had witnessed.


Gda Mullally said Ms Murray told him she had been in her home with her two children, aged 2 and 6, when she saw two people going into the kitchen and heard a scuffle and a bin being knocked over.


“I'm 100 per cent sure it was David Crowley and Alan Wilson I saw. Alan Wilson was wearing black gloves,” the statement said.


Ms Murray said she saw Mr Crowley hitting her boyfriend with the handle of a meat cleaver that was 6 or 8 inches long.


She said she dragged David out into the hall but thought she was going to be hit and was so scared that she ran out of the house.


On the way to her father’s house, Ms Murray said she heard two gunshots.


She said that as she ran back to her own house with her father and brother, she saw three people getting into a silver car, and that Mr Crowley roared at her father before they drove away.


She said that afterwards she went into the sitting room and her boyfriend had blood on his head.


During the trial Ms Murray told Padraig Dwyer SC, defending Mr Wilson that she didn't remember making the original garda statement and had never seen Mr Wilson before she saw him in court this week.


She said she would have heard of Mr Wilson through her ex-partner, and that Mr Wilson had been on the phone the day before in relation to fixing a car she was going to sell.


Ms Murray told Gerry O'Brien SC, defending Mr Crowley, that she had been drunk on the night in question and couldn't recall making any statement to the guards.


She told the court that she had spent the afternoon at her sister's in Clonee and that the two of them had shared a bottle of vodka in the garden as it was a sunny day.


She said after her brother-in-law had dropped her and the children home, she walked into the hall, heard the noise of an argument in the kitchen, and thought someone was breaking in to her house.


She told prosecuting counsel Fiona McGowan BL that she ran to her father’s house afterwards and didn't see anyone in her house.


She said that she didn't remember having been told that Mr Crowley and Mr Wilson had been arrested about a mile away shortly after the incident.


The trial continues tomorrow before Judge Desmond Hogan and a jury of seven women and five men.

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