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Saturday 20 October 2018

Man's arm was 'almost completely severed', murder trial jury told

Paul Bradley. Photo: Collins Courts
Paul Bradley. Photo: Collins Courts

Gardai and paramedics who arrived at the scene of an alleged murder found a bleeding man lying face down with multiple stab wounds and broken bones, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Paramedics yesterday described their attempts to revive the man who, the prosecution alleges, was beaten to death after he fired shots at a house in Dublin.

Paul Bradley (54) and his sons Dean (24), Jason (20) and Ryan (18), of Liscarne Gardens, Dublin 22, have all pleaded not guilty to the murder of Neil Reilly (36) at Esker Glebe, Lucan, on January 18 last year.

Lacerations

Gda Niall Glackin told prosecution counsel Paul Murray that he was among the first on the scene at Esker Glebe.

He saw a man lying face down by the kerb with his clothes torn and surrounded by dust and dirt.

He had deep lacerations in his back, shoulder and arm.

Gda Conor Mallon, of the Armed Support Unit, was responding to a report that shots had been fired at the Bradley home when he diverted to Esker Glebe after receiving a report of an accident involving a car that was believed to have left the scene of the shooting.

When he arrived he saw the injured man being attended to by Gda Glackin.

Gda Orlene Corrigan said it looked as though Mr Reilly's arm was almost completely severed from the shoulder.

Gda Corrigan spoke to a young male who arrived at the scene on foot and said a number of times: "You never leave a man behind."

She told Michael Bowman, defence counsel for Jason Bradley, that the male then took a phone call and it sounded as though the other person app-eared to be trying to get him to leave the scene.

The witness agreed that the young man was not prepared to leave and there was a heated exchange over the phone involving expletives and "venting rage at the person on the other end of the phone".

Dublin Fire Brigade advanced paramedic Colm Murphy told the court that when he arrived the injured man was lying face down, half on the kerb.

His skull appeared deformed and he was not making any effort to look at or respond to emergency personnel.

A significant amount of blood appeared to be coming from the back of his head and he had what the paramedic believed to be more than six knife wounds to the shoulder and body.

His ribs were broken, some of them in multiple places, making it difficult for him to breathe.

He was showing signs of brain injury.

Mr Murphy punctured Mr Reilly's lung to release blood and trapped air and then inserted a tube in his throat to pump air in.

The Glasgow Coma Scale, which measures a person's responsiveness, was the lowest it can be in a person who still has a pulse, the witness told the court.

In the ambulance on the way to Connolly Memorial Hospital, Mr Reilly went into cardiac arrest.

Chase

Mr Murray previously said that the jury would hear evidence that Mr Reilly fired a shotgun at the Bradley home at about 4am on the morning he died.

He said the jury would hear evidence that the four accused men, who were in the house at the time, gave chase following the shooting.

The prosecution case is that after the shooting, Mr Reilly drove away in a van and later got into a Mazda driven by another man.

He was pursued by the Bradleys to Esker Glebe in Lucan where the Mazda crashed and came to a halt facing the wrong way in the road.

Mr Reilly's companion got away, but he did not.

"He was subjected to a savage, brutal and ferocious attack before being left for dead," Mr Murray said.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Coffey and a jury of six men and six women.

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