Boy With Josh Dunne When He Di...


Boy With Josh Dunne When He Died Gives Evidence

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

02:20 13 May 2022

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A boy who was with Josh Dunne on the night he died has begun giving evidence in the trial of the man accused of murdering the 16-year-old.

The boy claims he was also stabbed by the accused: 36-year-old,George Gonzaga Bento, during what one witness described as a "brawl" on a street in Dublin city.

From across the road on the corner of East Road and East Wall Road in Dublin 3, Robert Jackson told the jury he saw a man on a moped acting very aggressively towards two delivery cyclists at about 9pm on the 26th of January last year.

When a group of young men then arrived on the scene, he said the man on the moped started throwing punches and the kids all joined in. “It was a brawl,” he said.

One of those who got involved is giving evidence now. He can’t be named because he’s only 17 years old.

When asked why he got involved, he said the man on the moped looked like he needed help, and his friends were also asking for help after they ran over.

He described exchanging “digs” with one of them and claimed he was stabbed from behind.

It is the prosecution’s case that George Gonzaga Bento stabbed him before murdering Josh Dunne and assaulting a third man. He denies all charges.

Reporting by Frank Greaney

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