A murder trial has heard Finglas teenager Daniel McAnaspie was led to his death like a lamb to the slaughter.
Closing speeches have concluded in the trial of 30 year old Richard Dekker of Dublin 15 who denies killing the teen seven years ago.
The court heard Daniel McAnaspie had been in the care of the State when he was last seen in in the company of the accused and another man Trevor Noone in the early hours of the 26th February 2010. The 17 year old’s badly decomposed body was found three months later in a deep ditch in Meath.
In his garda interviews, Richard Dekker said his friend Trevor Noone was the one who stabbed Daniel with a blade from a garden shears. He described how Daniel McAnaspie begged for his life but Trevor Noone said ‘’he has to go’’ and struck a final wound into his back and twisted the blade to make sure he was dead.
Richard Dekker told gardai Daniel was just a kid and ‘’didn’t deserve it’’.
It’s the State’s case that Richard Dekker aided and abetted Daniel’s murder by luring him to the River Tolka in Blanchardstown in February 2010. Daniel was an orphan as both his parents were dead.
In his closing speech the Prosecution barrister, Brendan Grehan, said the State does not and could not assert that Richard Dekker was the one who plunged the shears handle into Daniel McAnaspie. He said in our law a person can be responsible and be found guilty of murder even if they didn’t commit the offence themselves.
Mr Grehan showed the half garden shears to the jury and said Richard Dekker knew Trevor Noone had the alleged murder weapon on him the morning Daniel was stabbed. He said Richard Dekker led Daniel like a lamb to the slaughter and shed crocodile tears in his garda interviews about what happened.
Mr Grehan described the attack as vicious and brutal.
While in his closing speech the Defence barrister, Sean Gillane, said he wished his client Richard Dekker was more presentable, more articulate and more intelligent.
He added that he wished his client didn’t wear his tie like a noose around his neck and that he didn’t live the life he did then when he was drinking on the streets.
But he said Trevor Noone stabbed Daniel McAnaspie that morning and Richard Dekker wasn’t saying ‘’Go on Trevor do it’’ but he was actually saying ‘‘Stop’’.
Mr Gillane said what happened to Daniel McAnaspie was an act of barbarism and there was an appalling silence in the months the teenager was missing.
But he said that doesn’t make Richard Dekker a murderer.