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Family of Dale Creighton say ‘justice failed’ him as killers all free on 8th anniversary of his death

The 20-year-old was brutally killed after an attack in the early morning hours of January 1, 2014
Clodagh Meaney

The family of Dale Creighton have said that “justice failed” him as his killers all walked free following short jail sentences.

New Year's Eve marked eight years since the 20-year-old went out to celebrate but never made it home.

“Happy New year Dale,” a post on social media began.

“8 years To the Day Dale since you went out to celebrate your New Year’s Eve sadly you never made it home.”

Dale's family also lost his sister Danielle in October 2020.

“We think of you always and although we find it hard day in and out you're always on our minds and we live with hope in our hearts that one day we will reunite with you and your beautiful sister Danielle as we’re sure she’s right beside you tonight looking down on your family.”

While eight people were initially arrested in connection with his death, only seven went forward to trial with six of the perpetrators jailed.

“Sometimes it just doesn’t seem right that all those 8 who carried out that attack on you can sit at home now after justice failed you and celebrate their New Years with their family’s and we grieve your loss.

“I hope it sits on their conscience and they can’t sleep at night.”

“May they rot,” the post continued.

“We love you always and your name and memories will live on forever.”

Dale Creighton died on January 2nd 2014 after he was attacked and beaten in the early hours of January 1st at the footbridge over the Tallaght bypass between Saint Dominic’s Road and Greenhills Road.

His cause of death was blunt force injury to his head and face. The vicious attack began when Aisling Burke, one of those jailed, accused the young man of stealing her phone.

The attackers originally pleaded not guilty to murder, but pleaded guilty lesser charges.

David Burke was jailed for seven-and-a-half years, Jason Beresford was jailed for six years, and Gerard Stevens was jailed for three years.

Meanwhile, Graham Palmer was jailed for five years, and Ross Callery was jailed for six years.

James Reid pleaded guilty to possession of a knife and was given a two-year suspended sentence.

While Aisling Burke pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was sentenced to five years with the last four suspended for two years.

David Burke and Ross Callery, who were the last two people remaining behind bars for the killing, were both released from prison on separate occasions last year.

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