Wednesday 21 March 2018

Murder suspect insists gardai address him using the Irish language

Anne Sharkey

A murder suspect accused of stabbing a man over 100 times, insisted gardai spoke with him entirely through Irish.

Sergeant Jim Quinn told the Central Criminal Court that the accused wished to converse in Irish with him in the hours and days following his arrest.

Sgt Quinn was giving evidence today in the trial of a 36-year-old Dublin man charged with stabbing a man more than 100 times.

Criostoir MacCarthaigh of An Gleann, Baile Phamar (Palmerstown) has pleaded not guilty to murdering David Whyte between September 24 and 26 2008.

The remains of 35-year-old David Whyte of New Cabra Road were discovered at an old graveyard in Mill Lane, Palmerstown on September 26, 2008. A post-mortem examination found that the deceased had received in excess of 100 stab wounds, the most serious of which was to the jugular.

A technical report was given by Seargent David Russell today with details of finger printing, photographing and gathering saliva samples from the accused.

Sgt Russell said that the accused would not sign any documents.

‘His only condition was he didn’t wish to sign anything.’

Sgt Quinn told the court that the accused requested that he speak with him in Irish.

‘Mr MacCarthaigh wished to converse in Irish with me. I left the station at 10pm and when I resumed duty at 6am, I spoke in Irish with the accused.’

Senior Counsel (SC) Paul Burns, prosecuting, opened the trial for the jury last week.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven men and five women.

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