Court hears victim was stabbed over 180 times in 2018 murder

Philip Dunbar (20) has gone on trial for the murder of 23-year-old Adam Muldoon which took place at Butler Park in Tallaght on the 22nd or 23rd of June 2018.

Philip pleaded not guilty to murdering Adam, who was stabbed 183 times, although the court did hear that he admitted to the stabbing at a friend’s house following the incident.

Adam Muldoon, known to people as “floater”, suffered from cerebral palsy and was supported by sections of the community as he was homeless.

The court also heard that Adam and Philip knew each other and that they were part of group who gathered on the green in the Glenshane Estate on the evening of the 22nd of June 2018.

Prosecuting Counsel Pauline Whalley stated that it was a sunny evening and that the group of youths were drinking, smoking weed and ordering pizza.

At approximately 11:30pm, a row developed between Muldoon and Dunbar, the two of them left the group and went to Butler Park where it is alleged that the stabbing took place.

An investigation was launched by gardaĆ­ the following morning when a dogwalker discovered Muldoon’s body in the park.

According to the pathologist’s report, the majority of Muldoon’s 183 stab wounds were superficial but that three major blood vessels located in his neck were severed which would have been immediately fatal.

Other stab wounds were discovered on the liver and lungs and defensive stab wounds were found on his hands.

The trial is to continue in front of Mr Justice Paul McDermott along with a jury of six men and women.

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