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Monday 17 December 2018

'Scarface' didn't show as brothers butchered dad in front of children

THIS is the Dumbrell brother who never turned up for a fight at which his two brothers murdered an innocent dad.

Tommy 'Scarface' Dumbrell (28) challenged father of six Christy Cawley to a 'straightener', but his psychopathic brother Warren Dumbrell and another sibling, Jeffrey, showed up instead.

They beat and stabbed Christy Cawley to death in front of his wife Janet and three of his children, with one of the brothers telling one of the young girls, "Your daddy's gone now".

Warren (36) and Jeffrey Dumbrell (30) are beginning a life sentence for murder today.

Their younger brother Tommy, who was arrested by gardai investigating the case, was never called as a witness.



Horrific

But 'Scarface' Dumbrell -- who sustained horrific injuries when he accidentally blew himself up sniffing aerosol fumes -- challenged Christy Cawley to a fight after meeting him on a bus on the day of the killing.

But he did not show up. Instead his brothers did and murdered Cawley.

Tommy Dumbrell, who has 26 previous convictions, was quizzed by gardai in the aftermath of the killing. There is no suggestion he was involved in the murder.

He previously hit the headlines when the Herald revealed how he had accidentally blown himself up while sniffing an aerosol can and lighting a cigarette at his home at Emmett Road in Inchicore in June 2009.

Jeffrey Dumbrell told a court during his murder trial that his brother Tommy had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

He said that he went with his other brother Warren as a "minder" to meet Christopher Cawley, following an arrangement between Cawley and Tommy Dumbrell to have a fight.

The two brothers were convicted at the Central Criminal Court yesterday evening of murdering Cawley in front of his terrified wife and children.

It took just under 10 hours of deliberation before the jury finally came to a decision, unanimously finding Jeffrey Dumbrell guilty, and convicting Warren Dumbrell by a majority 10-2 verdict.

Warren Dumbrell is one of the most notorious criminals in the country, and played a leading role in a 1997 riot at Mountjoy Prison in which he threatened to kill a number of prison officers.

There was a heavy garda presence inside the court but the brothers sat silently as the verdict was read out.

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