This Arklow one seems to be a case of lads acting hard after a bit of nightclub posturing:
Car flipped victim into air, murder trial told
By Nicola Boyes
Wednesday April 09 2008
A man on trial for the murder of a 21-year-old deliberately drove his car at the victim, flipping him so high in the air he was level with the rooftops of the buildings, a court heard yesterday.
Anthony O’Reilly (22) with an address at Cleggan Park, Ballyfermot, Dublin, is charged with the murder of Daniel McDonald on Main Street, Arklow, Co Wicklow, on February 2, 2007.
Mr O’Reilly has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr McDonald, dangerous driving causing death and intentionally or recklessly grabbing the steering wheel of Jenny Tobin’s car, causing it to swerve in the direction of Mr McDonald.
The Central Criminal Court in Dublin heard that Mr O’Reilly and Mr McDonald had been fighting in Rascals nightclub earlier in the evening and after two further incidents outside the club, Mr McDonald, from Cherryhill, Arklow, was struck by Mr O’Reilly’s red Honda Civic.
Witnesses told the jury Mr O’Reilly ran and got in a black car after he was thrown out of the nightclub by bouncers.
Mr McDonald followed and tried to kick him through the open passenger window of the car but got his foot stuck and was dragged up the street until he rolled off.
The car drove off but returned a short time later. Mr McDonald’s friend, Glen Murphy, said he saw a shirtless man in the passenger seat try to push the steering wheel of the black car in their direction before it drove off again.
Mr Murphy told the court the next thing he saw was a red Honda Civic coming up the street, sounding like a boy racer.
“It was like something you see on Mondello, you’d have to pay to do them kind of speeds,” Mr Murphy said.
He said Mr O’Reilly, who he saw driving, gave them the fingers and drove off, but then he heard the car coming back.
Mr McDonald told him he was going to wave the car down and get it to stop.
Fixated on the speeding car, Mr Murphy said he watched it come back up the street on the correct side of the road and realised that it was not going to stop.
“I just shouted Saca (Mr McDonald’s nickname), get out of the way. As I shouted it, I could just see the car going bang,” Mr Murphy said.
He said he saw the driver deliberately swerve the car on to the wrong side of the road to hit Mr McDonald.
“The car hit Daniel and it hit him so hard, I still have nightmares,” Mr Murphy said. “I remember seeing Daniel being flipped in the air. He was hit that hard that he had come level with the top of the pub’s roof.”
He said Mr O’Reilly got out of the red car and “legged it”.
The jury is expected to see CCTV footage of Mr McDonald being struck by the Honda Civic.
The trial is expected to take 10 days.