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Saturday 1 October 2016

Baseball bat fight like 'Star Wars', trial hears

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Jooda Akanbi at Dublin Central Ciminal Court
Jooda Akanbi at Dublin Central Ciminal Court

A witness has told a murder trial that an afternoon fight on a town's main street between two men with baseball bats 'was like something out of Star Wars'.

The taxi driver was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court yesterday in the trial of Jooda Akanbi (39), charged with murdering Taiwo Jamani with a baseball bat in a north Dublin town.

John Clarke said he was in his car on Main Street, Swords on October 10, 2013, when he saw the fight break out between the two men.

He said he saw one man take a baseball bat out of the boot of a car and hit the other man with it 'anywhere he could'. He said the second man leaned into the same boot, took out another bat and began swinging that.

"They were blocking each other," testified Mr Clarke. "It was like something out of Star Wars."

The jury also heard from a computer consultant, who took off his t-shirt to stop the bleeding from the injured man's head. This witness also took photographs of the accused in case he did 'a runner'.

Pearse Fagan testified he was on the phone to a colleague on the town's main street around 12.20 that afternoon when he witnessed two men shouting very loudly at each other.

"The next thing I knew there was a baseball bat. I saw two baseball bats being swung by both people," he said. "I saw one bat being swung as if it was striking a baseball - quite viciously."

The trial continues before Mr Justice Tony Hunt and a jury of five women and seven men.

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