Dublin brothers charged with murder

Two Dublin brothers have gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with murdering a father-of-six in the city more than four years ago.

Two Dublin brothers have gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with murdering a father-of-six in the city more than four years ago.

Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell, aged 36 and 30, and both of Emmet Place in Inchicore, have both pleaded not guilty to the murder of Christopher Cawley in October 2006.

Opening the case for the jury of ten men and two women, Mr Paul Burns SC, said it was the prosecution's case that the two men had stabbed the 33-year-old father to death close to his flat.

On the day of the killing, October 29, 2006, Mr Burns said Christy Cawley and his wife Janet had gone into town together with their eight-year-old son.

They returned at half past four, and about three hours later, Mr Cawley left his flat at Tyrone Place in Inchicore, where he lived with Janet and his six children, and went to an area of open ground near the flat complex.

At about eight o'clock he was seen running back into the flat complex, pursued by two men, whom the prosecution says were Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell.

“At the stairwell of the flats, Christy Cawley was attacked by these two men and set upon. In the course of the attack, he was stabbed a number of times.”

“It's the prosecution's case that in the course of the attack, Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell intended to kill or cause serious harm, and did indeed bring about Christopher Cawley's death and are guilty of murder” Mr Burns said to the jury.

The two brothers left Mr Cawley bleeding heavily at the scene, Mr Burns said. The emergency services were called and CPR was administered, but despite attempts to save him, Mr Cawley was pronounced dead in hospital at 8.33pm.

The jury was also told it would hear evidence of the post mortem exam on Mr Cawley, which showed he had been stabbed six times. He suffered three stab wounds to the back, one to the left hip and one to the back of each thigh.

“I submit that when you have heard all of the evidence in this matter you will be satisfied, and satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt, that the accused men are guilty of the murder of Christopher Cawley” Mr Burns concluded.

A Garda photographer, Detective Brian Cleary, told the jury that he photographed a knife outside number 2 Tyrone Place during his survey of the scene.

He described the weapon as a black-handled kitchen carving knife.

Warren Dumbrell, wearing a white shirt and black blazer, and Jeffrey Dumbrell, wearing a blue shirt, sat side by side and gave no reaction during the trial's opening.

Before the case began, Mr Justice Paul Butler cautioned the jury that it was “vitally important” that they did not discuss the case with anyone.

He also instructed them “not to make any independent inquiries of your own in the media”.

The trial continues tomorrow and is expected to last for two weeks.

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