Gardai alerted to men “acting suspiciously” murder trial hears

Gardai alerted to men “acting suspiciously” murder trial hears

A garda was informed that CCTV footage showed three men "acting suspiciously" beside a clothes bank the morning after a 64-year old Offaly man was allegedly beaten to death with a baseball bat, a murder trial has heard.

Matthew Cummins (22) of Churchview Heights, Edenderry, Co Offaly, Sean Davy (21) of Clonmullen Drive, Edenderry, Co Offaly and James Davy (25) of Thornhill Meadows, Celbridge, Co Kildare are charged with murdering Thomas Dooley (64) at Sister Senan Court in Edenderry, Co Offaly on February 12th, 2014.

The three men have pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

Previously, the court has heard that Thomas ‘Toddy’ Dooley was found in the living room of his home in Edenderry on February 16th, 2014. It is the prosecution's case that Mr Dooley died from instrumental trauma to the head and chest.

Today, Counsel for the State, Mr Patrick Treacy SC called Sergeant Carlo Griffin, who was stationed in Edenderry at the time of the alleged murder, to give evidence. 

Sgt Griffin told the court that on February 21st, 2014, he received a phonecall from Garda Joseph Bradley, who was with Garda Alan Melia at Granary Court, Edenderry, where they were watching CCTV footage of the premises.

The sergeant was informed that the footage showed "three males acting suspiciously" around a clothes bank at Granary Court apartments, the court heard.

Sgt Griffin said that the footage was from early in the morning, at around 6:30am, after the alleged murder.

Garda Alan Melia also gave evidence. He told Mr Treacy that on February 21st, 2014, he went with Garda Joseph Bradley to Granary Court, where they watched CCTV footage

The gardai saw “activity around the bin area on that premises", the court heard

The date of the footage around the bins was February 12th, Gda Melia said.

Previously, the jury has heard evidence that on February 20th a clothes collector found a baseball bat in one of the clothes banks.

The trial resumes on Tuesday afternoon before Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan and the jury of eight men and four women.