Man who admitted role in violent killing to be sentenced in April

Adil Essalhi
Adil Essalhi

A man who admitted his part in a killing in which the victim was stabbed more than 50 times will be sentenced in April.

Michael Kinsella, 22, with addresses at Swiftbrook Close, Tallaght and Ardkeen in Cavan pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Adil Essalhi last December.

Mr Essalhi (29) was killed at Tyrrellstown in Dublin on January 6, 2011.

At the Central Criminal Court today counsel for the prosecution Kerida Naidoo SC asked that psychological reports carried out on behalf of the defence be made available to him.

He also requested permission to have a psychiatrist appointed by the prosecution evaluate Mr Kinsella ahead of the sentencing hearing.

Counsel for the defence Patrick Marrinan SC said that his client is happy to submit to the psychiatric evaluation. Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy adjourned the sentencing hearing until April 11. 

She ordered that the psychologists' reports be sent to the prosecution and that, once completed, the psychiatric report carried out by the prosecution be made available to the defence.

Mr Kinsella's uncle Wayne Kinsella was convicted of Mr Essalhi's murder in 2012. 

Michael Kinsella was initially charged with murder and during his trial in December the jury heard that 29-year-old Adil Essalhi received "in excess of 50" stabbing and chopping wounds before his body was burnt with what is believed to have been petrol.

Five days into the trial Michael Kinsella pleaded guilty to the unlawful killing of Mr Essalhi.

Mr Naidoo told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions accepted the plea to the lesser charge.