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Naas killing Jury examines aerial photographs and maps of crime scene in baseball bat murder trial

Zoltan Almasi has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to Mr Dunne’s manslaughter on May 16 2014.

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Central Criminal Court. Stock image

Central Criminal Court. Stock image

Central Criminal Court. Stock image

The jury in the trial of a murder accused, who killed a 20-year-old man with a baseball bat, spent Thursday looking at maps and aerial photographs of the area where the killing took place.

The 49-year-old went on trial at the Central Criminal Court on Wednesday, charged with murdering Joseph Dunne in Co. Kildare seven years ago.

Zoltan Almasi, a Serbian-born man with an address at Harbour View, Naas, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to Mr Dunne’s manslaughter at Harbour View on May 16 2014.

The jury has been told that there have already been two trials in the case.

Caroline Biggs SC opened his third trial for a jury of seven men and four women on Wednesday.

She said that the deceased was living in Athy with his parents and older brothers at the time, and was attending Fás. On the evening he died, he had met up with a number of friends in Naas.

They were on their way to get a bus around 10.30pm when Mr Dunne had a brief altercation with a different man. It was after this altercation that he passed Mr Almasi’s Mercedes van parked outside his home. Mr Dunne hit the van as he passed by.

“Mr Almasi came out of his house, armed himself with a baseball bat and gave chase,” said Ms Biggs, explaining that he soon caught up with Mr Dunne.

“It’s the prosecution case that he hit him on the head with the baseball bat, whereby Mr Dunne fell to the ground and died,” she said.

The jury heard that the trial would take four weeks. They spent the first day viewing a large number of aerial photographs and maps of Naas and the area where the killing occurred.

The trial continues tomorrow before Mr Justice Michael White.

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