The jury sees CCTV footage of the moment a young man collapses after stabbing him

A jury in the trial of a bicycle delivery man accused of stabbing a schoolboy to death has seen CCTV footage of the moment the 16-year-old collapsed in the street.

Garda Detective Patrick Kenny told prosecution attorney Sean Guerin SC that he compiled CCTV footage of the Dublin East Wall area the night George Gonzaga Bento is alleged to have murdered Josh Dunne.

Footage of the Seabank House pub at the junction of East Wall Road and East Road, the witness said, captured the incident which he says is the subject of the trial.

As the jury looked at the footage, Detective Gda Kenny identified the moment shortly after 9:22 p.m. when Josh Dunne collapsed on the ground before his friends ran to his side to try to help him.

Mr. Bento (36), a Brazilian citizen residing at East Wall in Dublin 3, is accused of murdering the teenager on East Wall Road, East Wall on January 26, 2021. He is also accused of presenting an item in a way that may intimidate another person in the course of a dispute or fight, namely a utility knife.

The defendant is also charged with assault causing injury to two others on the same occasion. He has pleaded not guilty to each of the four charges.

The prosecution alleges that Mr. Bento, a delivery cyclist, drew a knife during a “confrontation or confrontation” with a man on a moped accused of stealing another delivery cyclist’s bike. Shortly after this, a group of youngsters, including Josh, came across the confrontation.

Violence

In her opening statement, Guerin told the jury they will hear evidence that members of the group used any force or violence against Bento and the man on the moped, along with evidence that the defendant stabbed Josh’s teenage friend.

The attorney said there will be evidence that the deceased, who had returned a short distance from the confrontation, then became physically involved, moved toward Bento and appeared to use force or violence toward him.

The CCTV compilation began around 8:15 p.m. outside a McDonald’s restaurant on East Wall Road, where Det Garda Kenny said the accused man was sitting on the sidewalk.

About 25 minutes later, another delivery cyclist arrived at a nearby Lidl store and left his bike next to the supermarket’s trolley bay.

At 9:14 p.m., a man arrived at the streetcar bay on a moped, picked up the bike and took it down East Wall Road, still driving the moped.

Mr. Bento, the witness said, could be seen nearby when the man on the moped left the tram bay with the bike.

Further CCTV footage showed the man on the moped traveling down East Wall Road carrying the bike before stopping at the junction with East Road.

Mr. Bento and another delivery cyclist could be seen traveling in the same direction and arriving at the intersection three minutes after the man on the moped.

Guerin said he would not ask the Garda to give their version of what was captured below on CCTV footage from Seabank House as, he said, that is a matter for the jury.

The witness identified Mr. Bento, Josh Dunne, and Mr. Dunne’s friend, who is one of the other two alleged victims. He also identified other members of the same group of young people, some walking, others on bicycles and some on scooters.

The third alleged victim arrived moments after Mr. Dunne collapsed and was seen a short time later crossing the road towards Seabank House and getting on the back of the moped, which then drove off down East Road.

The jury also saw part of the incident captured by a Dublin City Council worker’s car dash cam.

The trial continues Monday in front of Judge Paul Burns and a jury of five men and seven women.

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