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Irish man’s sword murder –3 charged

THREE men have been charged with the murder of Dubliner Joe Costello, who was hacked to death with a sword in the Caribbean.

The hotel manager (43) was killed during an armed robbery on the island of Dominica when he went to the aid of two friends. The three suspects, who were charged by a magistrate, have been named in the local press as Eustace Benjamin, Don Prosper and Sillas Bruno.

They are accused of killing Mr Costello on the evening of July 31 at Pagua Bay House in Marigot. The three have appeared in the Roseau Magistrate's Court. A police spokesman said the charge would assist in “allaying the fears of the general public, including visitors”.

The suspects are now at Dominica State Prison, being held on remand. Mr Costello managed Silks Hotel on the island. The savage attack happened during an attempted robbery. Mr Costello was set upon as he attempted to save friends Rick and Alicia Davison from their assailants. The American couple, who run the Pagua guesthouse, were attacked by three men attempting to rob them and also sustained minor injuries.

Mr Costello intervened to help his friends but he was hit on the head with a cutlass and died a short time later. The Silks Hotel had offered a reward to help catch his killers. Jordan Jermaine, whose family run the luxury hotel, paid tribute to Mr Costello and described him as a “hero”. He said that he got involved in an incident that most people would run away from.