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Monday 23 October 2017

'Trail of blood' at pub where man was stabbed, court told

The jury in the trial of a Dublin man accused of the murder of Kevin Kenny in 2011 has heard that gardai examined a "trail of blood" outside a pub at which the deceased had been drinking before he was killed.

Craig O'Halloran (21) with an address at Heathfield, Dublin Road in Portlaoise and originally from Colepark Road in Ballyfermot, is charged with murdering Kevin Kenny (32) at the Sarsfield Road in Ballyfermot on July 31, 2011.

Mr O'Halloran has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is currently on trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

A report from Detective Garda Lynn Johnson was read out to the court yesterday by prosecuting counsel Paul Greene SC.

Scene

The report said that Garda Lynn Johnson travelled to the scene of a fatal stabbing.

Mr Greene read: "I noted areas along the footpath covered over with evidence bags. There was a trail of blood.

"There was blood staining in the car park of the public house (Ruby Finnegans) which was more concentrated," he added.

The court heard that Detective Johnson located a SIM card at the same location.

The jury were shown the shirt that Kevin Kenny was wearing on the day he died.

In a report from Doctor Nigel Salter, read by Paul Greene SC prosecuting, he said that he was working at the Emergency Department of St James' hospital on the night of July 31, 2011.

The report read that upon his arrival, Kevin Kenny had an obvious lower chest wound.

The report said that he was unresponsive and that (staff) attempted full resuscitation for 45 minutes but that there was no return of spontaneous resuscitation and that he was later pronounced dead.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of five men and seven women.

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