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Trial of Dublin man charged with murder of his uncle in 2013 begins

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The trial resumes at 2pm today
The trial resumes at 2pm today

A Dublin man has gone on trial charged with the murder of his uncle Edward O’Connor in Finglas, Dublin eighteen months ago.

David Cully (24) of Kilshane Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11 is charged with the murder of Edward O’Connor (41) at Ballycoolin Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11 on December 15 2013.

When asked how he pleaded to the charge when the trial opened yesterday, Mr Cully said “Not guilty of murder, guilty of man slaughter”. This plea was not accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Yesterday Counsel for the DPP, Ms Pauline Walley SC told the jury of seven women and five men who were sworn in this morning at the Central Criminal Court they would hear during the course of the trial that the deceased Edward O'Connor was the uncle of the accused man and they would hear "there was difficult family circumstances that
resulted in the killing."

"To prove that Mr Cully is guilty of murder and not manslaughter as he admitted this morning, rests on this side of the house. There is no obligation on the defence to prove, the obligation rests with us," said the prosecution counsel.

"You must decide when Mr Cully took the gun and shot Edward O’Connor in the back twice did he intend to kill him or cause serious injury to the deceased.  He has said he killed him in an unlawful manner but he did not intend to kill him or cause serious injury at the time. So behave coldly, impartially, do not allow sympathy or empathy to sway you in any way," said Ms Walley.

The prosecution counsel added she must prove that Mr Cully intended to kill the deceased and that he wasn't provoked.

The trial resumes at 2pm today and is expected to last up to three weeks.