Murder accused 'switched from hammer to hurley'

A Dublin man accused of murdering his father by striking him in the head told gardaí he hit the victim with a hurley after the hammer he was using fell out of his hand.

Evidence was also given that he admitted sending a text messages and buying beer after the attack in a bid to provide an alibi for himself.

Detective Garda Garvan Ware said he interviewed the accused Edward Brady (aged 25) from Glenshane Grove in Tallaght at Kilmainham Garda Station at 2.48pm following his arrest on January 27 last year.

Brady has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his father, Thomas Brady (aged 50), but denies murdering him on January 19, 2005, at Dolphin House, Dublin 8.

In the interview, Det. Garda Ware said the accused admitted killing his father after they started arguing “over loads of different sh*** we shouldn’t even have been arguing over.”

He said he had pushed his father, who fell over and picked up a hurley, hitting the accused across the left arm.

The accused then picked up a hammer and thought he initially struck his father across the side of the face.

His father fell down on his knees, then picked up something else but didn’t hit the accused,who said: “I just couldn’t stop when I saw all the blood.”

He said he didn’t remember the hammer breaking. His father was smaller than him and “I just kept hitting down on him”.

Asked if he had also used a hurley he replied: “Yeah, the hammer fell out of my hand. I think I was on my knees at this time as well.”

Asked if he had also grabbed his father by the neck, Brady replied: “I could have.” He was asked if it was a frenzied attack and replied: “It all happened so quick.”

The accused also told gardaí that he had gone to an off license straight after the killing and that he had made up a story about his movements on the evening.

“Yes, I was going to go home but I couldn’t leave him like that.” Asked why he had thrown away a sports top he was wearing that night he said: “I just didn’t know what to do.”

He said he had taken it off as he walked along the canal. He also said he had gone to a pub to wash the blood off his hands, but did not talk to or know anyone there.

He said he did not mean to kill his father and said he felt like “sh***”. Asked if text messages sent from his phone had been part of the story he told gardaí, he replied: “Yes, because I did always text him before I went down to see him.”

In a later interview he admitted these messages were used as part of his alibi. He was also shown a still picture taken from Murphy’s Off License on the South Circular Road that evening and identified himself in it buying cans of beer “just after I killed my da”.

He said he had also gone there as part of his alibi. Det. Garda Ware agreed with Mr Erwan Mill Arden SC, defending, that Brady had initially been advised to stay silent by his solicitor but later changed his attitude and gave helpful and full answers.

When asked by Mr Mill Arden if his client had been crying heavily during the interview at 2.48pm he replied: “I would recall at certain stages during some of the interviews I believe Edward Brady was upset.”

Mr Mill Arden put it to him his client had had his head in his hands and was sobbing almost continually.

The witness accepted he was upset but said it would have been very difficult for him to continue the interview if he had remained that way.

The witness also said he could not recall Brady asking his colleague Detective Garda Con Cronin, while on a smoking break, if there was a possibility of getting out of the station to go to his father’s funeral, before coming back to give a full statement.

“That certainly wasn’t said to me. I would remember something like that,” he said. The trial continues tomorrow before Mr Justice Philip O’Sullivan and a jury of five women and seven men.


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