There are many people, left Scratching their Heads tonight? Why carry a Knife, so Large, but Not Guilty is the Verdict?

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TRIAL VERDICTS Jury finds Deliveroo cyclist not guilty on all counts over stab death of Josh Dunne (16)

George Gonzaga Bento was also acquitted of two charges of assault causing harm and of producing a knife in a manner likely to intimidate others.

Josh Dunne

Josh Dunne


June 14 2022 02:51 PM

A delivery cyclist who stabbed schoolboy Josh Dunne to death has been found not guilty of any offence in relation to the fatal stabbing by a jury at the Central Criminal Court

George Gonzaga Bento was also acquitted of two charges of assault causing harm and of producing a knife in a manner likely to intimidate others.

Mr Bento said he was acting in self-defence after being attacked by a gang when he and a friend tried to retrieve a stolen bike.

He said he pulled out a utility knife that he carried for cutting fruit and stabbed three people, including 16-year-old Josh.

George Gonzaga Bento

George Gonzaga Bento

The prosecution said that Mr Bento exaggerated the danger he faced and knew at the time that the force he used was not necessary to repel the attack.

The jury took a little over eight hours to come to their unanimous verdicts following a six-week trial.

In relation to the murder charge, trial judge Mr Justice Paul Burns told the jury that if it is reasonably possible that the accused acted in defence of himself or another and used no more force than was necessary, then he should be found not guilty.

Mr Bento (36), a Brazilian national with an address in East Wall in Dublin 3, denied murdering 16-year-old Josh Dunne at East Wall Road, East Wall on January 26, 2021.

Mr Bento also denied producing a utility knife in a manner likely to intimidate another in the course of a dispute or fight and denied assault causing harm to two other young men on the same occasion.

The prosecution alleged that Mr Bento produced a knife during a “stand-off or confrontation” with a man on a moped who had stolen another delivery cyclist’s bike. Josh Dunne and other youths arrived at the scene and got involved in the confrontation.

Mr Bento took the stand during the trial and said that he and his friend Guillherme Quieroz had followed a bike thief through Dublin but when they tried to retrieve the stolen bike they were set on by a gang of men and youths. Mr Bento said he feared for his life and that of his friend and that he used the knife to defend them from serious injury or death. He said he believed that his actions saved his and Mr Quieroz’s lives.

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