Court reserves judgement in Dumbrell appeal

Two Dublin brothers jailed for the murder of a father of six in Inchicore will have to wait to find out if their appeal has been successful.

The Court of Criminal Appeal has today reserved its judgement in the case of Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell who were sentenced to life behind bars in 2011.

Warren Dumbrell and his younger brother Jeffrey are serving life sentences for the murder of Christopher Cawley.

In 2006, the 33-year-old was stabbed to death in front of his wife and two children outside his home in Inchicore.

They were found guilty of murder in 2008 but that was overturned on appeal because of comments made by the trial judge.

They were convicted following a retrial three years later and are now appealing that conviction.

Their lawyers argue the men could not have received a fair trial because of the amount of material, which they believe to be prejudicial, that was available online at the time.

The second plank of their appeal focuses on Mr Cawley's previous convictions for knife crime and violent behaviour.

Throughout their trial, the brothers maintained they acted in self-defence, but were refused permission to tell the jury of the victim's criminal past.

The three-judge panel will now consider the appeal and deliver judgment at a later date.

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