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Jobless man charged with stab murder

A YOUNG Dublin man has been charged with the murder of a 28-year-old who was stabbed to death outside his girlfriend's home.

Andrew Gibney (20), of Drumheath Avenue, Mulhuddart, has been remanded in custody after appearing at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was given by Detective Sergeant Michael Kennedy at the court hearing yesterday.

Gerard Burnett was stabbed repeatedly outside his girlfriend's home at Castlecurragh Vale, Mulhuddart, shortly before midnight on August 22.

Gibney had previously been charged with assault causing harm in relation to the murder.



ASSAULT

At a hearing on August 30, Gibney appeared dressed in a grey tracksuit and sat with his hands in his pockets as Det Sgt Michael Kennedy gave evidence of his arrest at Blanchardstown Garda Station at 10.20pm on Wednesday.

The court heard the 20-year-old replied, 'No, nothing' to a charge of assault causing serious harm.

He was described as unemployed and his solicitor Anthony Hughes applied for legal aid.

Gardai have arrested a number of other people in relation to the murder, but Gibney is the first person to be charged.

Before his murder, Gerard Burnett was known to gardai for burglary offences and car crime but was not a gangland figure, although he had almost 100 previous convictions.

Mr Burnett lived at Dromheath Avenue in Mulhuddart up to a couple of months before he was stabbed to death.

At a court hearing in March, Mr Burnett was given a suspended prison sentence when he admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to drunken driving and using a stolen vehicle on May 21, 2010.



GRUESOME

Gardai gave chase after the car, which did not have its lights on, failed to stop at a checkpoint.

In 2006, he was jailed for three months after he committed nine crimes in nine months, including twice trying to steal from a garda station.

Mr Burnett's first cousin Anthony (31) was killed in a savage double murder with his friend Joseph Redmond (25) in Dundalk, Co Louth, in March.

The chief suspects for carrying out the gruesome murders in Dundalk are Dublin criminals based in the North who work for 'Mr Big', the Coolock gang boss who is himself suspected of ordering the murder of Real IRA gang boss Alan Ryan (32) in September.

kfoy@herald.ie


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