Life sentence for man convicted of Dublin murder

Tuesday 28 January 2014 19.03
Gerard Burnett was attacked at his partner's home in Mulhuddart in August 2012
Gerard Burnett was attacked at his partner's home in Mulhuddart in August 2012

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a man who died after he was stabbed 30 times.

Andrew Gibney of Drumheath Avenue had pleaded not guilty, but was convicted by a majority jury verdict this afternoon.

He was one of a group of men who attacked Gerard Burnett at his partner's home in Mulhuddart in 2012.

Gibney and four other men went to the house at Castlecurragh Vale in Mulhuddart just after midnight on 21 August.

Mr Burnett, 28, sold wine and ecstasy from the house if the off licence was closed.

The group had been drinking in Gibney's house and wanted more alcohol. Gibney brought a knife from the kitchen to use if Mr Burnett "got smart".

Mr Burnett's partner Denise Farrell told him not to answer the door when the men arrived, but he did and was dragged outside and stabbed 30 times.

During the attack, Ms Farrell took their son out of bed and ran away through the back door.

Gibney told gardaí that Mr Burnett had stabbed him in the shoulder with a screwdriver four years before, but they had since made up.

He also admitted stabbing Mr Burnett three times that night and ran home afterwards and washed the blade in his kitchen.

Gibney was found guilty this afternoon by a majority of ten to two after four-and-a-half hours of deliberation.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy sentenced him to life in prison.