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Heroin addict is sorry for stabbing his friend, court hears

Heroin addict is sorry for stabbing his friend, court hears

A heroin addict who stabbed his friend in an argument over drugs told gardai in interview that he wanted the man's family to know he was sorry and that it was an accident, the Central Criminal Court heard yesterday.

Peter Jackson, (41), of Kerryhall Road, Fairhill, Co Cork has pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty of the manslaughter of Wexford man David Hamilton (31), at a house on Kerryhall Road on May 4, 2012.

In his opening speech, prosecution counsel Mr Thomas O'Connell (SC) told the jury of ten men and two women that the accused man had tried to inject Mr Hamilton, having already injected heroin into himself.

He continued:

"He had difficulty finding a vein and this led to an argument and the upshot of this was that Mr Jackson picked up a knife and he plunged the knife in to Mr Hamilton's chest."

Prosecution counsel Ms Gerardine Small BL yesterday called Garda Donal O'Casey who is attached to Gurranabraher Garda Station in Cork to give evidence.

Garda O'Casey agreed with counsel for the State that there were three interviews carried out with Mr Jackson at Gurranabraher Garda Station beginning on May 4 2012 and that he was involved in all three.

Garda O'Casey agreed that when asked if he had anything to say to Mr Hamilton's family, Mr Jackson told gardai:

"It was a complete accident. I'm sorry."

Mr Jackson told gardai that he had known Mr Hamilton for about 14 years and played with him in a band.

"I never meant Dave any harm," he said.

When asked why he stabbed him, he said "My head is gone the last few weeks," and added that Mr Hamilton was being "cheeky".

During the interview Mr Jackson also asked gardai to phone the hospital and find out how Mr Hamilton was doing.

At one point he said: "Ah Davy, why didn't you just stay away from me."

The trial continues in front of a jury and Justice Isobel Kennedy tomorrow Tuesday.