Witnesses give testimonies in trial of man accused of murdering former rugby player
The defence counsel in the trial of a man accused of the murder of a former Dublin rugby club captain last year has told a witness that his suggestion of waking up to hear noise in the bedroom of a Terenure flat is "a lie, nothing less."
Gary Walsh (32) with an address at Ravensdale Park, Kimmage, Dublin 15 has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Cathal Sweeney at a house in Terenure on February 8 2014.
Mr Walsh, however pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Sweeney at the Central Criminal Court on Tuesday but this plea was not accepted by the State.
Reading from a statement given by the accused in Terenure Garda Station on February 9 2014, prosecution counsel Mr Patrick McCarthy SC read that the deceased was sitting on the two seater and Mr Walsh on the one seater in the sitting room of the flat having an argument about a sex allegation.
Mr McCarthy read from the statement: "Cathal kept telling me to shut up and I went to where he was sitting and I punched him, mainly in the face with my right hand. He tried to defend himself as there was a lot of blood. I told him to go in and clean himself up. I hit him 6/7 times but probably more."
The prosecution counsel then called Mr Colm Campbell who was renting a flat in Ashdale Gardens on February 8 2014.
Mr Campbell who was a friend of the deceased told counsel he is an alcoholic and a "habitual drinker of a drink all day and all night."
The jury of eight men and four women then heard that on the day the deceased Cathal Sweeney, the accused Gary Walsh and Mr Campbell were watching the Ireland-Wales rugby match.
"I went into the bedroom and I heard Gary Walsh calling Cathal Sweeney various names like a paedophile and Cathal was responding telling him to fuck off. Gary Walsh was looking for money from Cathal Sweeney, saying he wanted the money and wanted it now," said Mr Campbell.
Mr Campbell told the barrister at the time the deceased was sitting on the bed with his hands over his face and he could see blood rolling down.
"Gary Walsh was standing there but then he hit him again and hit him again. I would say 15-20 times. He hit him in the head and he also used his elbows. I would say it was considerable force," said the witness.
"You shift everything into the bedroom so its out of your sight and you try to play the hero afterwards stopping Mr Walsh. I'm suggesting it's a lie, nothing less, waking up to hear noise in the bedroom," said the counsel.
“I've no recollection of anything in the sitting room,” replied Mr Campbell.
The trial continues.