Friday 24 November 2017

Jury shown video of murder accused crying following his arrest for shooting uncle dead

The jury watched a video of David Cully's first garda interview
The jury watched a video of David Cully's first garda interview

Natasha Reid

A jury has been shown a video of a murder accused crying during a garda interview following his arrest for shooting his uncle dead.

The video was shown today in the trial of Dublin father-of-one David Cully, who has admitted killing Edward O’Connor by shooting him in his back.

The 24-year-old claimed he shot him ‘in the heat of the moment’ after Mr O’Connor commented about somebody who had made an allegation of sexual abuse against him (the deceased). The court heard that the allegation was investigated, but the DPP had decided not to prosecute.

Cully of Kilshane Road, Finglas West has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 41-year-old but guilty to his manslaughter at Ballycoolin Road, Finglas West on Sunday, December 15 2013.

He is currently on trial at the Central Criminal Court, where the jury watched a video of his first garda interview.

In it, he detailed his shooting of his uncle following an arranged fight between two other men. He said that his uncle had riled him up by making a comment about the complainant of the alleged sexual abuse.

Detectives read over the memo of the interview afterwards and asked him if he had anything to add.

“I’d like to apologise to all members of Edward O’Connor’s family,” he said through tears. “I’d like to apologise to yous guards as well. Thanks for treating me with respect.”

The trial continues before Mr Justice Carroll Moran and a jury of seven women and five men.

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