Jury hears 999 call in Dublin murder trial

A Central Criminal Court jury has heard a recording of a 999 call made by a Dublin man after he stabbed two friends in the heart.

Martin Toland (aged 36) of Walkinstown Park has pleaded not guilty to murdering 28-year-old Alan Nolan and seriously injuring 30-year-old James Carroll at Cedar Brook Walk, Ballyfermot on September 8, 2007.

Mr Toland claims that he was acting in self-defence against both men at Mr Nolan’s home that morning.

On day two of his trial today, the jury of seven women and five men heard a recording of two 999 calls he made shortly after the incident.

Fire fighter Damien Finn of Tara Street Fire Station identified his voice on the call, which began at 6.08am.

Mr Toland could be heard asking for an ambulance to Cedar Brook, but didn’t know the exact address.

“Two people are unconscious,” he said. “Two people have been stabbed.”

He gave better directions and said he was looking on the front door for the house number. He then called out to someone.

“Ziggy, if you know this address, get down here and give it to me for the ambulance,” he said.

“A chap attacked me with the knife,” he said, explaining that he had got the knife out of his hand.

“They’re my friends but I’m not going to run and leave them,” he added.

He said that one of the men had gone upstairs and that he was afraid to go up there, but he said he was looking at the wounds of the other man.

“Please now. This is an emergency. There’s no movement out of one of them on the couch. This is the chap that attacked me with the knife,” he said.

“He’s breathing… snoring. There’s blood coming out everywhere,” he explained, adding that he had two wounds. “It’s very serious bleeding. The whole place is covered in blood.”

He said this man was face down on a chair and was told to put him on his side on the floor.

The jury also heard the recording of another 999 call he made shortly afterwards, when the man on the couch had stopped breathing. A different controller was heard giving Mr Toland directions in CPR, before the ambulance arrived at 6.20am.

A number of paramedics also gave evidence of treating both victims at the scene and rushing them to St James’ Hospital.

Earlier, the jury had been shown a knife found at the scene and photographs of the house taken by investigating Gardaí.

The trial had already heard that the men had been playing a PlayStation and cards when the row broke out. All three had been drinking and taking ecstasy, while Mr Nolan and Mr Carroll had smoked cannabis.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White.


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