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Murder trial hears victim run over after machete row

A 23-year-old man was involved in an alleged "random attack of gratuitous and extreme violence" during which another man was assaulted with a machete and run over by a car, a court has been told.

Opening the murder trial of Angelo O'Riordan at the Central Criminal Court, prosecuting lawyer Pauline Walley said O'Riordan was acting with a number of other men when they allegedly hijacked and attacked Aidan Myers.



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O'Riordan, of Point Road, Bellurgan, Dundalk has denied murdering the 37-year-old at Faughart Upper, outside Dundalk town in the early hours of December 13, 2006. He has also pleaded not guilty to hijacking a Mitsubishi Space Wagon and to assaulting Wayne Rutherford on Mary St, Dundalk, on the night of December 12.

The prosecution asserts that O'Riordan and three other men were in a dark green BMW in Dundalk town at around 11pm.

Ms Walley told the jury they were involved in assaulting Wayne Rutherford and he sustained a serious injury to his arm that required 45 stitches.

She said the men then hijacked a Mitsubishi Space Wagon.

Ms Walley said that about 15 minutes later, the BMW and the hijacked car were seen near St Brigid's shrine at Faughart. The BMW rammed a red Astra from behind.

Aidan Myers was a front seat passenger in the Astra, which was being driven by Gearoid O'Donnell.

Ms Walley said O'Riordan and the other men then got these two men out of their car, and attacked them with machetes. As the two men lay injured on the ground, Ms Walley said O'Riordan got into the hijacked Mitsubishi and rammed the Astra car.



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"The prosecution's case is that the accused man caused the Astra to run over Aidan Myers as he was lying on the ground. As he caused the Astra to move forward, the body of Mr Myers is caught underneath it and he is screaming," Ms Walley said. Mr Myers died in hospital just over four hours later.

The trial continues.

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