Friday 18 January 2019

Mum (23) jailed over Dale Creighton attack

Aisling Burke
Aisling Burke

Aisling Burke has begun a one-year jail term for violent disorder during the fatal attack on Dale Creighton on a Tallaght footbridge.

The 14-minute attack on Mr Creighton had begun after Burke's mobile phone was stolen as she walked home from a nightclub.

Burke (23) was originally charged with murdering Mr Creighton.

The mother-of one had been sentenced last week to five years, with four suspended, but had been given a week to arrange care for her child.

She was back before the Central Criminal Court yesterday.

Mr Creighton (20) was ass- aulted by a group at the bridge over the Tallaght bypass between St Dominic's Road and Greenhills Road on January 1, 2014. He died in hospital the following day.

The cause of his death was blunt force injury to his head and face.

Six men and one woman were originally charged with murder and went on trial at the Central Criminal Court last October after pleading not guilty.

However, the murder charges were dropped on the 15th day of the trial after they pleaded guilty to lesser charges and had their new pleas accepted.

The seven, who are all from Tallaght, were sentenced last week.


The court was satisfied that Burke, with a last address at Beechpark, Collinstown, Co Westmeath, did not inflict any physical violence on Mr Creighton.

She was sentenced to five years in prison. The court suspended the final four years for two years on condition that she is of good behaviour, keeps the peace and is subject to probation service supervision for two years after her release.

Five of Burke's co-accused began their prison terms last week.

A sixth walked free after his sentence for possession of a knife at the time was fully suspended.

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