Monday 11 December 2017

Model tells how 'stiletto assault' brought back memories of tragic childhood friend Brian Murphy

Model Emily MacKeogh
Model Emily MacKeogh
The late Brian Murphy, who was a childhood friend of Emily

Aishling Phelan

A MODEL was who almost stabbed with a stiletto on a night out in Dublin has told how the vicious attack brought up memories of the assault that led to the death of her childhood friend Brian Murphy.

Emily MacKeogh was assaulted by another young woman as she walked to a nightclub in the city centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Speaking yesterday, she referred to the infamous 'Annabels case' which saw Gonzaga student Brian Murphy (18) beaten and kicked outside the Burlington Hotel nightclub in Dublin 4 in August 2000.

Ms MacKeogh said on RTE's 'Liveline' programme that she was a childhood friend of Mr Murphy.


"These things can escalate, I mean, I was friends with Brian Murphy who was killed years ago and that was just horrendous," she said.

Ms MacKeogh explained how the young woman attempted to stab her with her stiletto after verbally abusing her and assaulting her. "I got punched in the face and she pulled my hair and went to take her shoe off, actually her stiletto, and her friend screamed.''

The 26-year old later reported the incident at Pearse Street garda station.

"Myself and my friend were parking her car and there was a couple sitting outside one of the buildings there," she said.

"And basically they started a row with us and I actually ended up getting attacked by a young girl, completely unprovoked, and it was a very scary experience."

The model said that the reason she may have been assaulted was because she was dressed up to go out that night.

"We were getting out of the car and they had originally been shouting at us that we were wearing enough make-up, because we were fixing ourselves as we were going into the club. Both of them started calling us ugly and just being very abusive.

"I told them I was a guard and that there were CCTV cameras everywhere.. but that didn't stop them unfortunately,'' she added.

Four men were tried in 2004 in relation to the fatal assault on Brian Murphy.

Dermot Laide, from Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, was convicted of violent disorder and served 18 months in prison. Sean Mackey from Foxrock served a similar term for violent disorder. Andrew Frame from Donnybrook had a charge of manslaughter withdrawn by the judge and was cleared of violent disorder by the jury.

Desmond Ryan from Dalkey was sentenced to nine months for violent disorder.

Ultimately, he never spent a day in prison because his conviction was successfully overturned on appeal.

Irish Independent

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