Post-mortem suggests Daniel McAnaspie’s body was moved after death, court hears

Post mortem evidence suggests Daniel McAnaspie’s body was moved from the location where he was killed, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Richard Dekker, who is from Dublin 15, denies killing the Dublin teenager, who was in the care of the HSE when he went missing in February 2010.

Daniel McAnaspie

Daniel McAnaspie’s skeletal remains were found on a farm in Co. Meath on May 13 2010 - three months after he went missing.

Dr. Khalid Jaber, a former Deputy State Pathologist, carried out a full post mortem the following day and his report was read out this afternoon.

In it, Dr. Jaber concluded that Daniel died from penetrating sharp force trauma to internal organs including the heart, lungs and stomach.

He said his death would have been painful and not necessarily instant.

He said the evidence favours relocation from where he was killed and that he was either dragged along the ditch between two fields or adjusted after being dumped there.

It is the prosecution’s case that Richard Dekker aided and abetted his murder by going along with a ruse with another man to give him a hiding.

The State claims he knew this man was armed with half a garden shears.

The 30-year-old denies the charge.

Update 5pm: The trial of a man accused of murdering Daniel McAnaspie has heard Gardaí found surgical gloves on him two days after he went missing.

Richard Decker denies murdering the Dublin teenager at Tolka Valley Park in Blanchardstown in 2010.

The court heard that Denise Kelly was one of five people who spent the early hours of February 26 2010 drinking with Daniel McAnaspie at a cul-de-sac outside her home.

Richard Dekker was also there.

She told the jury that another man punched Daniel in the face after he said something to him about his dead uncle.

It is the State’s case that Mr Dekker joined this man in a ruse to lure Daniel to an isolated area by the River Tolka and that he knew this man was armed with half a garden shears.

Daniel, who was in State care at the time, was found in a drain on a farmer’s land in Co. Meath almost three months later.

Garda Peter Bernard gave evidence of stopping Mr. Dekker two days after he’s accused of murdering the 17-year-old and that when he asked him why he had some surgical gloves in his pocket, he told him they were to keep his hands warm.

The trial resumes tomorrow.

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