Witness in slash hook assault trial denies making emergency service call

Edward O Reilly
Edward O Reilly

A witness in the trial of a man accused of assaulting his uncle and brother-in-law with a slash hook has denied she was the female making an emergency service call hours before the alleged incident.

Sarah McDonagh, whose maiden name is O'Reilly, denied she was the caller identifying herself as Sarah O'Reilly, hours before Edward Charles O'Reilly allegedly broke into the house with other males.

Mr O'Reilly (29), of Wheatfield Grove, Clondalkin, Dublin has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to committing the burglary at Deansrath Avenue, Clondalkin on May 11, 2013.

Mr O'Reilly also denied two charges of assault causing harm to his uncle Edward O'Reilly and Ms McDonagh's husband, Michael McDonagh, during the same incident.

Ms McDonagh told Sinead McMullan BL, prosecuting, that she had had a lot to drink in the house after her son's partner had given her the keys to look after the premises for the weekend.

She said she had been drinking with her brother, Mr O'Reilly, and husband at the house and couldn't recall when she went to bed.

She told Ms McMullan that she didn't remember much of the alleged incident but said she woke up because there were people in the room.

She named Edward Charles O'Reilly as one of those people.

The witness said there was “a lot of shouting in the room” but she “couldn't see nothing”.

Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, played her a recorded emergency services call made from the house after 3am on the morning in question.

Ms McDonagh said she didn't know who the person making the call was or why they would report someone being stabbed.

She denied it was his client's father who had been assaulted in an earlier incident at the house, saying “not when I was there”.

She told Mr Dwyer she couldn't remember who had been fighting during the alleged incident with the slash hook.

The trial continues before Judge Karen O'Connor and a jury of eight women and four men.