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Man sentenced for stabbing murder

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04.02.13

A man who stabbed a teenager to death has been sentenced to life in prison.

Marcus Kirwan, from Drimnagh in Dublin, lured his victim David Byrne into an ambush by sending him text messages pretending to be a girl.

There were emotional scenes outside of the court today as David Byrne's father was embraced by his family outside court today after seeing the man who murdered his son sentenced to life in prison.

19 year old Marcus Kirwan from Drimagh, was found guilty by a jury of luring the teenager down a laneway in Inchicore and then stabbing him to death. Marcus Kirwan had denied killing 19 year old David Byrne, who was also from Drimnagh, on the night of the 19th of March 2011.

During his trial, the court heard the teenager was ambushed, after Kirwan sent him text messages pretending to be a girl. The jury was shown CCTV footage of the victim being chased into a dead end at the Emmet Court apartment complex in Inchicore.

David Byrne was stabbed a total of nine times and died a short time later in St. James’ hospital. Gardaí arrested Marcus Kirwan three days later.

David Byrne’s mother died of cancer exactly four weeks after the attack and her family, who were in court today, have said that the verdict will allow her to rest in peace but that they will never be able to get over David Byrne’s death.