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Saturday 18 August 2018

'I begged the Dumbrells to stop attack'

THE wife of a man who was fatally stabbed before her eyes has told the Central Criminal Court that she pleaded with the two men on trial for murder to stop attacking him, but they kept going.

In her direct evidence to the jury, Janette Cawley said she saw Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell pursuing her husband, Christy, into the flat complex where they lived at Tyrone Place in Inchicore on the evening of October 29, 2006.



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Mrs Cawley said she saw a knife in Warren's hand and a long object in Jeffrey's hand and she screamed at her husband to keep running, but he fell just before he reached the stairwell of the flat tower.

"Then the two of them were on top of him . . . they were just hitting him all over."

She grabbed a large plastic child's car and threw it down at the men, hitting Jeffrey Dumbrell on the back.

"He looked up at me, I kept pleading with him to stop . . . he just put his head back down and continued what he was doing," she said.

The men ran out of the tower block. She went down to her husband and he "was just lying there, his face was very white".

"There was a lot of blood coming from him, flowing out from the back of him," Mrs Cawley recalled.

Warren (36), and Jeffrey Dumbrell (33), both of Emmet Place in Inchicore, have pleaded not guilty to murdering Christopher Cawley in October 2006. The case continues today before the jury of ten men and two women.

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