Man who stabbed his ex-wife’s partner to death stands trial charged with murder

Anthony Paget stabbed Aidan McMenamy seven times in the neck and back, court hears

The Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street, Dublin, which house the Central Criminal Court. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street, Dublin, which house the Central Criminal Court. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

 

A man who stabbed his ex-wife’s partner to death during an “argument” in the early hours has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court charged with murder.

Bernard Condon SC, for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), opened the trial by telling the jury of six men and six women that the accused man Anthony Paget stabbed Aidan McMenamy seven times in the neck and back, causing his death. Mr Condon said the prosecution case is that from the injuries suffered by the deceased, the jury will be able to deduce that Mr Paget intended to kill or cause serious injury and is therefore guilty of murder.

Mr Paget (46), of Carnlough Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter for the killing of Mr McMenamy (45) at Clinch’s Court, North Strand, Dublin 3, on July 19th, 2019.

Detailing the background to the case, Mr Condon said father-of-five Aidan McMenamy lived at Clinch’s Court in a property owned by the Peter McVerry Trust, a housing and homelessness charity. He lived with Candice Paget, the ex-wife of the accused, and was in a relationship with her. While Mr and Mrs Paget had been separated for a number of years, Mr Condon said they continued to socialise with one another at times.

In the early hours of July 19th, 2019, counsel said, CCTV footage shows Mr Paget and his ex-wife together in various parts of Dublin city. At about 3am they went to a McDonald’s in the city centre and then to Clinch’s Court, where Mr McMenamy had spent the night at home. At about 3.39am “an argument of sorts” broke out, counsel said, between the accused and the deceased that was partly captured by CCTV. Mr Paget “wielded a knife”, counsel said, “and struck at Mr McMenamy”.

Neighbours heard a disturbance and called emergency services, who found Mr McMenamy “very severely injured”, the court heard. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead later that morning. Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margot Bolster examined the body and found seven stab wounds to Mr McMenamy’s neck and back. She found no defensive wounds, Mr Condon said.

Counsel said the jury will also see the knife that the prosecution alleges was used and will hear DNA evidence related to the knife. He further explained that the fundamental issue for the jury to decide is whether the killing was murder.