Saturday 24 March 2018

Morbid role for Annabel’s assault suspect as Dermot Laide now an undertaker

Dermot Laide
Dermot Laide
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

DERMOT Laide, who was convicted in 2004 and spent 19 months in prison for his role in the assault that led to teenager Brian Murphy’s death, is now practising as an undertaker in a Dublin funeral parlour.

According to the Irish Daily Star, 31-year-old Laide has rebuilt his life after the infamous fight that took place outside the popular south Dublin nightclub, Club Anabel, in 2000.

Following his sentencing, uncertainty around the evidence of then-State pathologist Dr John Harbison has since led to Laide’s manslaughter conviction being quashed. 

The former Blackrock College student is now completing an internship with Massey Brothers Funeral Services at a location in Thomas Street, Dublin.

Three fellow students, alongside Laide, were at the centre of the prosecution trial in relation to the night on which 18-year-old Murphy tragically died.

Andrew Frame (31) was charged but acquitted of manslaughter and violent disorder.  He is now employed as a senior treasury analyst with health insurer BUPA in London.

Also acquitted was Desmond Ryan (32) who still resides in Dublin and is a company director of Sandymount-based firm Robinmount Properties Limited.

The fourth student involved in the fatal foray, 33-year-old Sean Mackey, made headlines several years ago when he was fined for verbally abusing a garda and urinating in public.

He served 16 months for his part in the Anabel crime when he was convicted of violent disorder and was released in September 2005. His whereabouts remain unknown at the time of print.

None of the other gentlemen were available for comment when the Star contacted them individually.

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