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Friday 20 April 2018

Teenager knifed lad six times, court told

CHARGES: Tadhg Costello
CHARGES: Tadhg Costello

A TEENAGER accused of the attempted murder of another youth stabbed the victim six times in the back, a trial has been told.

Tadhg Costello (18) of Richmond Hill, Monkstown, has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Josh Leahy (18) at Johnson's Court in Dublin in May 2012, and not guilty to assault causing harm.

Yesterday, Garda Michael O'Shea told the Central Criminal Court he was on plain-clothes patrol on Grafton St when a description of six males in a fight came over the radio.

He said that when he arrived at St Stephen's Green, some of the men had got into a taxi and a few of them were standing waiting to get into it.

Gda O'Shea and his colleague, Garda Mark Eccles, identified themselves as gardai and asked the men to get out of the car.

He said he saw the accused throw a shiny object behind some railings. He went to recover it and found a knife.

Another officer, Garda Damien Beakey, said he was driving his patrol car up Grafton St shortly after 3am the same night when he saw three men walking with blood on their backs. He stopped to talk to them and they said there had been a fight. One of them was struggling to breathe and was taken to hospital.

Gda Beakey got a description from the group of the men they claimed had assaulted them. Gda Eccles called a short time later and Gda Beakey went up to St Stephen's Green.

KNIFE

When he got there, one of the injured party's friends, Emmanuel Mihaylov, pointed out the defendant as the man who had the knife.

Under cross-examination, it was put to Gda Beakey that Mr Mihaylov had not seen the stabbing. But the officer said he thought Mr Mihaylov told him that the accused was the person involved in the stabbing.

The trial, which is now in legal argument, continues.

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