Saturday 23 February 2019

Man's 40 injuries included shattered pelvis and cuts to brain, murder trial told

Paul Bradley pleaded not guilty to murdering Neil Reilly
Paul Bradley pleaded not guilty to murdering Neil Reilly

A pathologist at a murder trial has detailed more than 40 injuries he found on the body of a man who was allegedly beaten to death after firing shots at a house.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis told prosecution counsel Paul Murray SC that the dead man had chop wounds to the head that caused lacerations to his brain, multiple fractured ribs, scrapes that are consistent with being dragged across a rough surface and an "extensively fractured pelvis".

Paul Bradley (54) and his sons Jason (20), Dean (24), and Ryan (18), of Liscarne Gardens, Dublin 22, have all pleaded not guilty to the murder of Neil Reilly (36), at Esker Glebe in Lucan, Dublin, on January 18, 2017. They are on trial at the Central Criminal Court.


The crushed pelvis, Dr Curtis said, is consistent with being run over, while other injuries to the chest could have been caused by being run over, but could also be the result of efforts to resuscitate the dying man.

The scrapes and abrasions, he added, reinforce the suggestion that he was run over and "dragged or rolled by a moving vehicle".

Dr Curtis concluded that Mr Reilly suffered seven blows with a "chopping-type implement", including two to the head that caused injuries to the brain.

A similar implement was used to cause injuries to the arms, back and shoulder.

Jason Bradley (20) pleaded not guilty to murdering Neil Reilly
Jason Bradley (20) pleaded not guilty to murdering Neil Reilly
Dean Bradley (24) pleaded not guilty to murdering Neil Reilly
Ryan Bradley (18) pleaded not guilty to murdering Neil Reilly

These were "very severe, life-threatening injuries".

Mr Reilly's death was caused by chop injuries to the skull and sharp force injuries to the torso and upper limbs. The crush injuries to the pelvis were also life-threatening, he said, as such injuries can cause bleeding and other problems.

Under cross-examination, he agreed with defence counsel for Paul Bradley, Brendan Grehan SC, that there was no evidence of any kick injuries.

He further agreed that there were no "bumper fractures" to suggest that the deceased was knocked down before being run over.

A toxicology report showed that Mr Reilly had drugs in his system, including a substantial amount of cocaine, heroin, methadone and codeine.

The pathologist agreed with Caroline Biggs SC, for Ryan Bradley, that there was no indication Mr Reilly was run over more than once.

On Tuesday, the court heard that when gardai and paramedics arrived on the scene of the alleged murder, they found a bleeding man lying face down with multiple stab wounds and broken bones.

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

Garda Niall Glackin told Mr Murray that he was among the first on the scene at Esker Glebe.

Neil Reilly
Neil Reilly

He saw a man lying face down by the kerb with his clothes torn, surrounded by dust and dirt. He had deep lacerations in his back, shoulder and arm.

Garda Conor Mallon, of the Armed Support Unit, was responding to the report of shots fired at the Bradley home when he diverted to Esker Glebe after receiving a report of an accident involving a car. When he arrived he saw the injured man being attended to by Gda Glackin.


Garda 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 SC, defence counsel for Jason Bradley, that the male then took a phone call and it sounded as though the other person appeared to be trying to get him to leave the scene.

The trial continues today in front of Mr Justice Paul Coffey and a jury.

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