Louth man denies intentionally naming wrong person as the man who stabbed him 28 times

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Louth man denies intentionally naming wrong person as the man who stabbed him 28 times

Louth man denies intentionally naming wrong person as the man who stabbed him 28 times

A Louth man has denied intentionally naming the wrong person as the man who stabbed him 28 times before locking him into the boot of a car that was pushed into a canal.

Gerard Boyle (22) was being cross examined at the Central Criminal Court today in the trial of another Louth man, charged with attempting to murder him twice on the one night.

Paul Crosby of Rathmullen Park in Drogheda has pleaded not guilty to attempting to murder, falsely imprisoning and causing serious harm to Mr Boyle on 10th November, 2016 at Knockcommon, Beauparc, Slane in Co Meath.

He has also pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Mr Boyle later on the same date at Boyne Canal, Drogheda.

The court heard that, despite suffering a punctured lung, the injured man managed to escape from the car and swim to shore.

Mr Boyle (22) testified last week that Mr Crosby had smashed a window in his home at Beechwood Avenue, Drogheda earlier that year.

He told Patrick Gageby SC, prosecuting, that the accused had again called to his home on the night of the stabbing, asking if he wanted to go for a chat to sort things out.

Mr Boyle said he agreed to ‘go for a spin’ with him and that they travelled in a car towards Slane with another man.

He said that he took over driving when they got to Knockcommon, because the accused said he couldn’t talk while driving.

“I was driving for about 30 seconds and I felt something sticking into my left arm and turned around,” he said. “Paul had a knife. I pulled the handbrake and stopped the car and he stabbed me in the back.”

He said that he managed to get out onto the road, but that the accused told him to get into the boot, claiming that he would bring him to hospital.

He said that he had travelled in the boot for about 15 minutes when he felt the car incline. He eventually managed to get out of the boot onto the back seat.

“I opened the side door and I could see I was in water,” he recalled. “I looked around and swam across up onto the bank.”

He was then cross examined by Michael Bowman SC, defending, who noted that something very serious had undoubtedly happened to him.

“My position is that it was not Paul Crosby, who did that to you or had any hand, act or part in it,” suggested the barrister.

“It was,” replied Mr Boyle. “Why would I lie about it?”

Mr Bowman put it to him that he had repeatedly told Gardaí that he was afraid to name the people involved, but that he had named the accused.

“I wouldn’t let someone go down for something they didn’t do,” replied Mr Boyle.

The barrister said that Mr Crosby’s was an easy name to give because the Gardaí, knowing about the incident with the broken window, would ‘put two and two together’ and believe him.

Mr Boyle asked what good it would be if he named Paul Crosby for no reason and the people who really did it got away with it.

“This kills two birds with the one stone, identify Paul Crosby and create no more difficulty for you with the real person involved,” suggested Mr Bowman, saying that he had gone for the easy option in naming his client.

“The easiest thing in the world to do - move people around like pieces on a chess board,” continued the barrister. “You’ll be far from covered in glory when the truth does come out.”

Mr Boyle said he was telling the truth.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of five women and six men, after one juror was discharged due to illness.