Limerick man died after being stabbed 13 times

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The scene at Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, where Ger McMahon was attacked last year
A JURY has heard that a Ballinacurra Weston man, who was murdered almost two years ago, died after being stabbed thirteen times in the head and chest.

A JURY has heard that a Ballinacurra Weston man, who was murdered almost two years ago, died after being stabbed thirteen times in the head and chest.

The evidence was heard at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin on the opening day of the trial of three relatives who are charged in connection with the death of Gerard McMahon (43) on January 18, 2012.

Paul Colbert, aged 46, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect and his nephew, Sean Flanagan, aged 28, also of Lenihan Avenue have each pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr McMahon.

The third accused - Ian Flanagan, aged 24, who also has an address at Lenihan Avenue - denies impeding the garda investigation following the killing of Mr McMahon on the same date as the killing.

The court has heard that during the early hours of January 18, 2012 Ger McMahon was walking along Lenihan Avenue on his way to number 85 Lenihan Avenue, where a cousin of his was living.

It is the prosecution case that as he was going up the steps to the house, he was attacked by Paul Colbert and Sean Flanagan.

The jury was told the 43-year-old received a number of serious stab injuries during the attack.

He sustained seven wounds to the back of his head, three to the left hand side of his head and three to the back of his trunk. He died from his injuries a short time later.

Michael O’Higgins SC, prosecuting, said Mr McMahon, who was from Raheen Square, Ballinacurra Weston, had been spotted at various intervals out and about on the night of the of January 17, 2012. He said he was then seen making his way up Lenihan Avenue.

It’s alleged that Paul Colbert and Sean Flanagan left their house at 105 Lenihan Avenue and that as part of a joint enterprise, they attacked Ger McMahon as he made his way up the steps of his cousin’s house.

It’s alleged he was attacked with a knife and that one of the accused men also had a hatchet.

It is the prosecution case that Ian Flanagan impeded the apprehension of his uncle and brother by removing footage from a CCTV system at a house on Lenihan Avenue.

The trial, which is expected to last up to six weeks, continues at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin.