Date set for re-trial of Dublin brothers for fatal stabbing

Two Dublin brothers who were convicted of stabbing a father of six to death nearly four years ago, are due to be re-tried next January after their murder convictions were quashed.

Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell, of Emmet Place in Inchicore, were found guilty of the murder of 36-year-old Christopher Cawley, by a Central Criminal Court jury in June 2008.

Mr Cawley was attacked and fatally stabbed on the stairway of the flat complex where he lived at Tyrone Place in Inchicore, on October 29, 2006.

The brothers, aged 36 and 30, were handed down the mandatory life sentence at the time. They had both denied the killing.

However earlier this month, the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed their convictions and ordered that the Dumbrells be re-tried, because of comments made by the trial judge in a speech he gave, while he was presiding over the case.

The court said that Mr Justice Paul Carney made a speech at University College Cork in June 2008, which contained “prejudicial material.”

It said there was a “reasonable apprehension” that the brothers had not received a fair trial and this rendered their murder conviction unsafe.

Mr Justice Carney's speech included statements on a number of issues relevant to the brother's trial, including fatal stabbings, knife crime and sentencing policy, the court said.

It also said that his comments attracted extensive media attention at the time.

A date of January 24 next year has now been set for the re-trial.


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