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Grandmother Said Accused Had 'Done Something Terrible,' Murder Trial Told Grandmother Said Accused Had 'Done Something Terrible,' Murder Trial Told
The accused, who cannot be identified as he is a minor, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Tserendorj but guilty to her manslaughter. Photo: Facebook
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Eoin Reynolds

The grandmother of the teenager accused of murdering Urantsetseg Tserendorj told gardaí who called to his home when investigating a stolen electronic bike that the boy had "done something terrible", the Central Criminal Court has heard.

When gardaí spoke to the accused he told them: "I stabbed that girl, I robbed her, it was me."

Garda David O'Callaghan told prosecution counsel Sean Gillane SC that he called to the accused's home with a search warrant relating to the theft of the bike on January 21st, 2021. Ms Tserendorj had been stabbed the previous day.

The garda called the boy's grandmother on the phone and told her he was outside her home and was intending to execute the warrant. She told the garda that she had just been speaking with the accused and that he was going to hand himself in to a Garda station because he had "done something terrible".

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Gda O'Callaghan knocked on the door which was answered by the boy's grandmother. She was visibly upset, the garda said. When Gda O'Callaghan found the accused in his bedroom sitting on his bed, the accused said: "I did it."

Gda O'Callaghan cautioned the youth who continued to speak, saying: "I stabbed that girl, I robbed her, it was me, I stabbed that woman at CHQ." Gardaí brought the boy downstairs where he was cautioned again in front of his grandmother before Gda O'Callaghan asked him what happened.

'I panicked'

The boy replied: "I went out on a bike with a knife on me to rob someone. I was around CHQ. I saw a woman with a mask on and I went to rob her. I panicked. I pulled a knife out of my pocket. I stabbed that woman in the neck. I done it. I didn't mean to do it. I'm sorry for it."

Gda O'Callaghan wrote what the boy told him in his Garda notebook and both he and the accused signed the note.

The accused, who cannot be identified as he is a minor, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Tserendorj but guilty to her manslaughter on January 29th, 2021. The State did not accept his plea.

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He has also pleaded guilty to producing a knife and to attempting to rob Ms Tserendorj on a walkway between George’s Dock and Custom House Quay in the IFSC, Dublin on January 20th, 2021.

Ms Tserendorj was able to walk to Connolly Station after the stabbing but when she arrived at the Mater hospital in an ambulance she began to have trouble breathing and went into cardiac arrest. She was pronounced dead nine days later.

A pathologist told the trial that she died from loss of oxygen to the brain caused by a single stab wound that partially severed the main artery bringing blood to the brain.

'I didn't mean to'

Garda Maria Harmon told Mr Gillane that when she spoke to the accused on January 23rd, 2021, two days after the stabbing, he told her: "I didn't mean to stab that woman you know. It was an accident and if I could sit in front of her now I would say I'm sorry."

Garda Karl Bolger told Mr Gillane that he called to the accused's home on February 10th, 2021, less than one month after Ms Tserendorj was stabbed.

Gardaí again searched the house and when Gda Bolger overturned the cushions of a sofa in the living room he found a knife with a brown and black handle. He seized the knife which was produced in court and identified by Gda Bolger.

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The witness agreed with defence counsel Michael O'Higgins SC that there were various items found in the sofa and there is no way of knowing how or when the knife and other items got there.

The jury has also today viewed CCTV footage showing the moment Ms Tserendorj was stabbed and the movements of the accused, who was cycling around Dublin city centre before and after.

Mr Gillane told Ms Justice Mary Ellen Ring and the jury of seven women and five men that he expects the prosecution evidence to finish early on Monday morning before the next phase of the trial begins.

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