Monday 18 November 2019

'Please lads, I'm dying' teen begged as he was stabbed, trial is told

Murder accused Richard Dekker at the Central Criminal Court
Murder accused Richard Dekker at the Central Criminal Court

A teenager begged for his life as he was stabbed to death with a garden-shears blade, a murder trial heard.

Richard Dekker (30) from the Blanchardstown area of Dublin, has denied murdering 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie at Tolka Valley Park, Blanchardstown on February 26, 2010.

Detective Garda Patrick McDonagh told the Central Criminal Court that he interviewed Mr Dekker several times on May 24 and 25, 2010 at Cabra Garda Station. Daniel's decomposed body had been found in a drainage ditch 11 days earlier.

Mr Dekker and another man, Trevor Noone, were known to have been among the last people to see Daniel. During those interviews Mr Dekker at first denied all knowledge of what happened to the teenager.

He told gardai he felt sorry for Daniel's family but added: "I didn't know Daniel. I don't know who stabbed him. If I did I would tell you."

He said the kind of people who would kill Daniel were "low lives" who should be buried alive. When gardai asked if he was being honest, he said, "Yes".

The interviews continued through the night and at around 6am gardai showed Mr Dekker a transcript from a statement made by Mr Noone in Blanchardstown Garda Station the previous evening.


In it, Mr Noone said Dekker had stabbed Daniel.

After reading the statement Mr Dekker said: "He is a f**king lying b*****d. A scumbag lying b*****d."

He told gardai he would tell them everything that happened and that the things Mr Noone had accused him of were things Mr Noone himself had done.

He said there was a clash between Mr Noone and Daniel earlier in the evening when Daniel started talking about different people he had fought.

One of those people was a relative of Mr Noone and when he heard this Mr Noone punched Daniel once in the face, the hearing was told.

That incident blew over but later on Mr Noone told Mr Dekker he wanted to take Daniel to Tolka Valley Park "to give him a hiding".

He said he knew Mr Noone had the blade of the shears on him but Mr Dekker did not think he was going to use it.

The three of them left Whitestown Avenue, where they had been drinking and walked into Tolka Valley Park and onto a wooden footpath that crosses the Tolka River.


As they walked along, Mr Dekker said Mr Noone had the blade in his hand and used it to stab Daniel in the back. The teenager fell down towards the river and begged, "Please, please lads, I'm dying".

The court heard Mr Dekker also begged Mr Noone to stop, shouting "leave him, he's f**king dying".

"I was begging him, pleading and begging him," he told gardai.

But Mr Dekker got scared then because he thought Mr Noone would use the blade on him. He said he had "evil" in his eyes as he continued his attack on Daniel saying, "He has to go".

He told gardai Mr Noone had done bad things in the past, including stabbing a dog to death and burying it in his garden.

Describing the final attack on Daniel, he said Mr Noone "viciously, viciously, viciously stuck him with the blade" and twisted it "to make sure".

Following the attack he said Mr Noone picked up the teenager's body and threw it into a bush. Gardai asked him what happened next and he said, "We just walked off home".

In his final interview he said he knew Mr Noone had a blade but he thought he was "just going to give him a couple of digs".

The trial continues today in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.

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