A Dublin man accused of the murder of Adel Essalhi gave gardaí directions to where he said the body of a missing person had been dumped in Tyrrelstown, his Central Criminal Court trial has heard.
Wayne Kinsella (aged 40) with an address at The Plaza, Tyrrelstown, but who is originally from Finglas, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Adel Essalhi (aged 31) in the fields behind the Plaza in Tyrrelstown, Blanchardstown, on January 6, 2011.
In his opening address to the jury, Mr Alex Owens SC, for the State, said it was the prosecution case that Wayne Kinsella and a relative “got it in to their heads” that Adel Essalhi was involved in the death of Wayne Kinsella’s brother Lee and this was the motivation for the murder of Mr Essalhi.
Garda Alan O’Toole told Mr Owens that he had a conversation with the accused man Wayne Kinsella in the back of a patrol car in a laneway off Parnell Square on the afternoon of January 12, 2011.
After he asked Wayne Kinsella if he had information on missing person Jason O’Dea, Gda O’Toole said the accused told him “he knew the story about Jason O’Dea” and that he could direct them to where the body was dumped in a field in Tyrrelstown.
He said Kinsella told him he knew this because he had been asked to help dispose of the body, but could not assist due to an injuries to his hands, whereupon he removed his gloves and showed Gda O’Toole and his colleague Garda Sheila Sheehan scarring and what he said were damaged tendons.
Gda O’Toole told Mr Owens that although Kinsella was calm at first, he became erractic as the conversation went on and got agitated as he repeated detailed directions to the body, which he said had been dumped in a ditch and not buried.
He said Kinsella then took a folder and drew him a map indicating where the body was dumped.
Gda O’Toole said Kinsella offered his assistance in locating the body, but sought assaurances that the two garda officers would keep his identity safe, as if anyone found out he had given information to gardaí he would get a “bullet in the head”.
Asked by Mr Owens if the accused made any reference to his brother Lee Kinsella, Gda O’Toole said Wayne Kinsella told him he knew the people repsonsible for his brother’s death, and that if gardaí were to find their bodies “bleached and burned” they could “come looking for him”.
Gda O’Toole said that at the time he was not aware that Adel Essalhi was missing and the only missing person mentioned during the conversation was Jason O’Dea.
Mr Owens earlier told the jury they would hear evidence that on the afteroon of January 6, 2011, Adel Essalhi collected his social welfare payment before he went to a pub on Parnell Street and met with the accused Wayne Kinsella and another woman.
He said there would be evidence that the three drank together until 4pm in the afternoon, when they got a taxi to the apartment in Tyrrelstown Plaza where Wayne Kinsella and his girlfriend had been living.
Mr Owens said the jury would hear that various people, including a relative of the accused man Wayne Kinsella, came and went from the apartment, where “a lot of drink was consumed”.
He said it was the prosecution’s case that during the night of January 6 Wayne Kinsella and his relative got Adel Essalhi to leave the apartment on the pretext of going to another party, luring him down a flight of stairs at the back of the Plaza complex and off over a number of fields.
Mr Owens said it was the State’s case that at this stage Mr Essalhi was attacked with a knife and a machete and was “done to death” by the other men.
He said the jury would hear evidence that the two men later returned to the body and attempted to set fire to it, while it would also appear that bleach was put on the body at some stage.
The trial continues in front of Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and a jury of seven women and five men.