Tuesday 20 February 2018

Young man was stabbed nine times after being chased into dead end, murder trial hears

Natasha Reid

A DUBLIN murder trial has heard that a teenager was stabbed to death after being chased into a dead end at a city apartment complex.

The Central Criminal Court heard that David Byrne received nine stab wounds after being chased into the car-park of Emmet Court in Inchicore on the night of March 19, 2011.

Marcus Kirwan (19), of Cooley Road, Drimnagh has pleaded not guilty to murdering 19-year-old Mr Byrne, who had lived at Davitt House, also in Drimnagh.

Denis Vaughan Buckley SC, prosecuting, opened the trial yesterday (Wednesday) before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and a jury of seven men and five women.

He said that a number of youths set upon Mr Byrne near St John Bosco Youth Centre in Drimnagh around 10.30pm that night.

“David Byrne was chased into the grounds of the Emmet Court Complex,” he said.

Mr Vaughan Buckley said the court would hear evidence from resident Thomas Quinn, who would say he saw three or four people run onto Emmet Court shortly after that time.

“He could see that some of the lads were pulling up their hoods and that there was a gap between each of them as if they had been running for a while,” said the barrister.

“He saw a lad running through the gates. I think you’ll be satisfied that was the deceased,” he continued.

Mr Quinn would say that this young man ran over to an area of trees and bushes, he said.

“He saw another lad, who was chasing him,” he said. “We say that was the accused, but that’s a matter for you,” he added.

“The first lad had run into a dead end and the other lad caught up with him,” he continued. “Mr Quinn saw him digging into the first lad’s back and lower down.”

He said that Mr Quinn didn’t see any knife because that corner was dark.

However, after he parked his car, he heard someone shout from a window: “Help him. He’s after being stabbed.”

He said that Mr Quinn went over to help the victim and saw him stagger out of the corner and fall to the ground. He saw blood coming out of his mouth and on his back.

Other people came out of the apartments to help and he rang an ambulance, said the prosecutor.

He said that the Deputy State Pathologist gave the teenager’s cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

The trial continues.

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