Court hears teenager's body was dragged to Meath farm

A man is on trial for the murder of 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie - who was in the care of the HSE when he went missing in 2010

Post-mortem evidence suggests the body of a Dublin teenager was moved from the location where he was killed, the Central Criminal Court has heard. 

Richard Dekker, who is from Dublin 15, denies killing the 17-year-old Daniel McAnaspie - who was in the care of the HSE when he went missing in February 2010.

His remains were found on a farm in Co. Meath three months later.

Witness, David Morton told the court that while out walking his dogs on May 13th 2010, he spotted what he first thought was the carcass of a sheep in a seven-foot-deep drain running across two fields on his land at Rathfeigh in Co. Meath.

He said it was not there when he had checked the drain two months beforehand.

It turned out to be human skeletal remains that were later identified as teenager Daniel McAnaspie who had been missing since the end of February 2010.

Some clothes were removed at the scene and taken away for examination. They included an anorak, jumper, pullover, t-shirt and underwear.

Dr Khalid Jaber, a former Deputy State Pathologist, carried out a full post mortem the following day and his report was read out this afternoon.

In it, he concluded that Mr McAnaspie died from penetrating sharp force trauma to internal organs including the heart, lungs and stomach.

He said his death would have been painful and not necessarily instant and that the evidence favours relocation from where he was killed.

The court heard that the post mortem had found the body was either dragged along the ditch between two fields or adjusted after being dumped there.

Daniel was in state care when he went to visit some friends in Finglas on Feb 25th 2010. He failed to show up for his lift home later that night.

It is the prosecution’s case that he went to Blanchardstown with the accused Richard Dekker and others and that he was lured to an isolated area called Tolka Valley Park where he was killed.

Mr Dekker is accused of aiding and abetting his murder. 

The jurors were told yesterday that it will be claimed he was aware another man intended to give him “a hiding” and that this man had armed himself with half a garden shears.

The 30-year-old denies the charge.