Prosecution gives opening speech in murder trial

A 22-year-old man who had been stabbed in the chest scaled a park railings before collapsing on the ground from his injuries, a murder trial jury heard today.

A 22-year-old man who had been stabbed in the chest scaled a park railings before collapsing on the ground from his injuries, a murder trial jury heard today.

The victim, Brendan O’Connell of Hillview Grove, Doon, Co Limerick died from blood loss caused by a single stab wound to the left chest.

At the Central Criminal Court, Robert McNamara, aged 28, of Clarina Park, Ballinacurra, Weston, Limerick pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr O’Connell at the People’s Park, Limerick on December 16 1999.

In his opening speech, Andrew Bradley SC, prosecuting, told they jury they would hear evidence that gardai recovered a steak knife from a garden adjacent to the deceased’s mother and that the accused had been seen flinging an object into the garden. They would also hear evidence that the injuries inflicted on the deceased were consistent with that type of knife.

The prosecution said evidence would be given that the accused called for Mr O’Connell at around 1pm on the day of the killing and that the deceased’s sister would say she saw Mr McNamara put something into his pocket.

Two steak knives were later found to be missing.

Witnesses will also say they saw Mr O’Connell scaling the spikes on the railings around the People’s Park at around 5pm. He appeared injured and was groaning and roaring. He fell on the road and collapsed at a nearby monument.

The trial before Mr Justice Henry Abbot continues.

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