Stabbing victim had just stolen €850 from supermarket, court hears

A Dublin man stole €850 in an armed robbery at a supermarket minutes before he was stabbed to death the Central Criminal Court heard today.

David Wilson (aged 22), of Marigold Avenue, Darndale, denies murdering Paul Howe (aged 22) as he attempted to make his getaway following a robbery at Supervalu, on the Howth Road on October 8, 2008.

It is the prosecution’s case that Mr Wilson stabbed Mr Howe, of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght as he tried to climb over a wall in the car park at the rear of the store having carried out an armed robbery with another man.

Final witness for the prosecution, Det Gda Mark Collender of the Garda Technical Bureau, told Mr Paul Burns SC, prosecuting, he attended Dublin City Morgue on the day after the killing where Prof Marie Cassidy was carrying out a post-mortem on the body of Mr Howe.

The jury heard he received €850 in cash from Prof Cassidy which had been discovered in the pocket of the hooded jumper Mr Howe had been wearing at the time of his death.

Det Gda Collender also attended the car park at the rear of Supervalu on the night in question and discovered pools of blood, bloodstained banknotes and a neck tie on the ground near the wall.

Previously, the jury had heard evidence that a tie was used by a store manager to bound the hands of the deceased after he had been stabbed.

Sgt Brendan Byrne, who was the first garda to arrive on the scene, had told the court when he arrived at the car park he found a man lying face down on the ground with his hands tied behind his back.

He said: "I could see he was in a bad way his hands were tied behind his back with a neck tie so I told a person in a Supervalu t-shirt to untie his hands immediately."

Mr Justice George Birmingham told the jury there was a strong likelihood the case will conclude tomorrow after closing speeches are delivered and they would begin their deliberations in the afternoon.

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