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Seven from Tallaght plead not guilty to murder of Dale Creighton

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Four of the defendants (l-r) Gerard Stevens, Graham Parker, James Reid and Aisling Burke
Four of the defendants (l-r) Gerard Stevens, Graham Parker, James Reid and Aisling Burke
Dale Creighton
Dale Creighton
The footbridge over the Tallaght bypass where the incident took place
The footbridge over the Tallaght bypass where the incident took place

A woman and six men have pleaded not guilty to murdering 20-year-old Dale Creighton in Tallaght in January 2014.

All seven, who are in their 20s and from Tallaght in Dublin, were arraigned before the Central Criminal Court this morning.

Dale Creighton died on January 2nd, about two days after an incident at the footbridge over the Tallaght bypass between Saint Dominic’s Road and Greenhills Road.

Charged with his murder at the footbridge are 23-year-old Aisling Burke and 28-year-old David Burke, both with a current address at Beechpark, Collinstown, Co Westmeath.

Also charged with Mr Creighton’s murder there are Graham Palmer (26) with a current address at Park Avenue, Portarlington, Co Laois; Ross Callery (23) currently of  Brittas, Co Dublin; James Reid (26) currently of Glen Aoibhinn, Gorey, Co Wexford; Jason Beresford (23) with an address at Coill Diarmuida, Ard a’ Laoi, Castledermot, Co Kildare; and Gerard Stevens (27) currently of Grosvenor Square, Rathmines in Dublin.

Each accused also pleaded not guilty to violent disorder on the same occasion.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy told the jury panel that the event in question occurred on New Year's Eve or New Year’s Day.

He explained that the deceased and all seven accused were from the Tallaght area and that it was best if nobody from that area would serve as a juror.

He swore in six women and six men to hear the trial, which is expected to begin tomorrow and last up to six weeks.

By Natasha Reid