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Seven for trial in Creighton murder case

SIX men and one woman charged with murdering Dale Creighton on a footbridge in Tallaght on New Year's Day have been sent for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

The seven had books of evidence served on them at Dublin District Court, along with another man accused of seriously assaulting Mr Creighton (20).

Judge Michael Walsh remanded them all on bail pending trial.

Aishling Burke (20), of Bolbrook Grove; her brother David Burke (25), of Village Square; Jason Beresford (20), of Avonbeg Gardens; Ross Callery (20), of Westpark Estate; Graham Palmer (24), of Homelawn Road; James Reid (23), of Homelawn Road; and Gerard Stevens (24), of St Dominic's Terrace, all Tallaght, are charged with murder.

James O'Brien (21), of Avonbeg Drive, also Tallaght, is charged with serious assault.

Dale Creighton died after being assaulted at the footbridge at St Dominic's Road, Tallaght, last January 1.

A state solicitor told Judge Walsh that books of evidence had been served on all eight accused. The DPP consented to the cases being sent for trial to the Central Criminal Court.

Solicitor Robert Purcell, for Mr O'Brien, queried whether the district court judge had jurisdiction to return an assault charge for trial to the Central Criminal Court, which deals with murder and rape cases.

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The court heard that while it was unusual, there was no bar to this happening.

Judge Walsh gave each accused the formal alibi caution.

The accused addressed the court only to confirm that they understood the alibi warnings.

All eight were sent forward to the present sittings of the Central Criminal Court on existing bail terms.

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