Man Serving Life Sentence For...


Man Serving Life Sentence For Murder Loses Appeal

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

03:54 27 Jul 2022

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The Court of Appeal has dismissed an attempt by the man found guilty of murdering Daniel McAnaspie to have his conviction overturned.

Richard Dekker, formerly of Whitestown Avenue in Dublin, is serving a life sentence for murdering the Dublin teenager, who was in state care when he was killed in 2010.

Daniel was stabbed to death with a garden shears. His remains were found three months after he went missing while in State care.

Dekker’s appeal centred on a number of Garda interviews conducted following his arrest and in the absence of his solicitor.

Certain admissions he made during those interviews were used as evidence in his trial, but he claimed they shouldn’t have been because, he argued, he wasn’t given reasonable access to legal advice and wasn’t properly advised on his right to silence.

However, the judges of the Court of Appeal ruled against him today by finding his decision to engage wasn’t prompted by a lack of knowledge in relation to his rights, but rather an effort to lay the blame elsewhere.

Reporting by Frank Greaney

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