Wednesday 11 December 2019

Man is charged with murder of his friend on O'Connell Street

Damien Singleton (left) and knife victim Peter Donnelly
Damien Singleton (left) and knife victim Peter Donnelly

A man has appeared in court accused of murdering his friend, who was stabbed to death on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

Damien Singleton (28) was remanded in custody charged with murdering Peter Donnelly (39) last Tuesday.

Mr Singleton, of no fixed address but originally from Cork, is also charged with production of a knife.


Det Sgt Brendan Casey told Dublin District Court he arrested him at Store Street Garda Station on Thursday night to charge him with common law murder.

He had explained the reason for his arrest and cautioned him that he was not obliged to say anything.

Mr Singleton made no reply to the caution and Det Sgt Casey was present when he was charged with the two offences by Gda Colleen Doherty.

Gda Doherty read over the wording of each charge sheet and he made no reply to either charge.

He was handed a copy of each charge sheet.

Defence solicitor Tracy Horan said she was not making any bail application.

Bail can only be granted on a murder charge at High Court level.

Ms Horan asked Judge Bryan Smyth to direct medical attention for the accused while he was in custody. He had a severe hand injury and needed surgery the day before yesterday, she said.

Judge Smyth said he presumed Mr Singleton would get the necessary treatment.

He granted free legal aid to the accused after Ms Horan handed in a statement of his financial means and said Mr Singleton was unemployed.

He remanded the acc-used in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on June 18.

The accused, wearing a blue-green top, grey bottoms and runners, and with a plaster cast on his left forearm, did not address the court.

Father-of-one Peter 'Rocky' Donnelly, originally from Kil- kenny, had been living homeless in Dublin.

He was fatally stabbed on O'Connell Street shortly after 1.30am. He was tended at the scene by paramedics before being rushed to the Mater Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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