Garda witnesses give evidence at murder trial of Dublin brothers

Garda witnesses in the case of two Dublin brothers on trial for murdering a young father, have told the jury they responded to an emergency call saying “there's murder in Tyrone Place with Christy Maughan.”

Garda witnesses give evidence at murder trial of Dublin brothers

Garda witnesses in the case of two Dublin brothers on trial for murdering a young father, have told the jury they responded to an emergency call saying “there's murder in Tyrone Place with Christy Maughan.”

Detective Garda Paul Cornish told the Central Criminal Court he was the first Garda at the scene of the fatal stabbing of Christopher Cawley in Inchicore in October 2006.

When he arrived at the Tryone Place flats he said there was a large crowd of people gathered who were agitated, distressed and screaming.

He saw a man lying in the stairwell in a large pool of blood. Garda Cornish said he recognised him as Christy Cawley, also know as Christy Maughan.

He began administering CPR immediately but couldn't find a pulse and wasn't sure if the 33-year-old was alive or dead. The emergency services arrived and rushed Mr Cawley to hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival, having sustained six stab wounds.

The fatal wound was an 18cm deep injury to the thigh that severed the major blood vessels causing him to lose a considerable amount of blood. He was also stabbed in the back and hip.

Brothers Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell, aged 36 and 30 and both of Emmet Place in Inchicore, have pleaded not guilty to murdering the father of six.

Garda Cornish told the court that two eye-witnesses at the scene told him they had seen the two Dumbell brothers running away from the flats.He said Mr Cawley's sister-in-law, also told him of an encounter that Mr Cawley had with another member of the Dumbrell family earlier that day on a bus.

That Dumbrell brother had told Mr Cawley to meet him on the waste-ground near the flats at 8pm. The court has heard previously there had been history between the two men.

Mr Cawley was seen by a number of witnesses on the waste-ground shortly before 8pm. He was with two of his daughters however, who told the court that they were all laughing and chatting when Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell approached.

They told the court their father said something about not fighting, but the brothers didn't reply and kept walking towards him, so he turned and ran.

Mr Cawley's widow, Janette Cawley,told the court she saw the two brothers chase her husband into the stairwell of the flat complex.

When he fell on the stairs, they got on top of him and started beating him, while she pleaded with them to stop.

She said Warren had a knife and Jeffrey had what looked like a hurley.

Mrs Cawley denied under cross-examination that her husband had also had a knife.

Another Garda witness, Eoin Murtagh, told the court that tensions were running high when he arrived at Tyrone Place. He said Janette Cawley's brother came towards him brandishing a hammer and threatening gardaí.

“He was essentially referring to the fact that it was our fault, the gardaí's fault.” Garda Murtagh said he had to draw his baton before the man agreed to give up the hammer.

Referring to this incident, defence counsel for Warren Dumbrell, Mr Michael O'Higgins SC, asked senior Garda witness, Detective Sergeant Adrian Whitelaw, if the Garda investigation had given him any cause for concern that Mr Cawley was hoping to have people with him on the waste-ground that evening.

The detective said he couldn't say. Mr O'Higgins also asked him why Janette Cawley had not been questioned about her husband's encounter with the other member of the Dumbrell family. The witness said he didn't know.

The jury is expected to hear closing speeches in the trial tomorrow

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