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Saturday 3 December 2016

Joyriding case is struck out against fatal stabbing victim

Robert Ellis was stabbed to death near a Halloween bonfire
Robert Ellis was stabbed to death near a Halloween bonfire

A young man who was killed in a Halloween bonfire stabbing has had a motoring case against him struck out.

Robert Ellis (25) had been accused of joyriding in west Dublin three weeks before he was killed.

He had been out on bail at the time of his death.

When his case came back before Blanchardstown District Court, Judge David McHugh was told he had been killed.

Ellis, of Neilstown Drive, Clondalkin, had been charged with unauthorised use of a car at Greenfort Avenue, Clondalkin. He was also charged with driving without insurance in the same incident on October 9.

His case had been before the court on October 27 and came back before Judge McHugh yesterday.

Attacked

"Those matters can be struck out," Gda Sgt Maria Callaghan told the judge. "The defendant is deceased."

The victim died early on Nov- ember 1 in Liscarne Gardens, Ronanstown, after being attacked at local Halloween celebrations.

It is believed that he was in the area of a bonfire at nearby St Marks housing estate.

He was chased by a number of people across the Neilstown Road into Liscarne Gardens where he was stabbed.

The court was told how he banged furiously on the door of a house while bleeding heavily from wounds.

He then ran through the house while being chased before dying in the back garden.

In March last year, he had a narrow escape when he and his pregnant girlfriend were shot at as they got out of a car in the Grange View estate in Clondalkin.

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