Two men deny assault with meat cleaver


The trial of two men accused of attacking a man with a meat cleaver has heard that the alleged victim’s ex-girlfriend now does not remember naming the men as attackers.

Alan Wilson (33), of New Street Gardens, Dublin, and David Crowley (36) of New Bride Street, Dublin, have denied carrying out the assault at a house on Dromheath Drive in Blanchardstown on June 3rd, 2009.

Both accused men pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the offence of trespass while committing assault causing harm.

Mr Crowley also pleaded not guilty to a second charge of unlawfully possessing a firearm on the same occasion.

Lisa Murray, a former girlfriend of the victim, gave a statement to gardaí on the evening of the alleged incident, saying that she had witnessed her then partner, David O’Brien, being struck on the head with a meat cleaver by Mr Crowley.

However, giving evidence to the jury yesterday Ms Murray said she did not remember making any statement to gardaí.

Det Garda Kieran Mullally told the court that Ms Murray had voluntarily given him a statement.

The trial continues today.