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Anthony Paget has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denies the murder of Aidan McMenamy

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Candice Paget, pictured leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin

Candice Paget, pictured leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin

Candice Paget, pictured leaving the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) on Parkgate Street in Dublin

A murder trial witness has told the Central Criminal Court that her "jealous" boyfriend was stabbed to death after he slashed her estranged husband in the face with a knife.

Anthony Paget has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denies the murder of Aidan McMenamy.

Mr Paget's wife, Candice Paget, today told his trial that a fight broke out between the two men because Mr McMenamy was "jealous" that she was spending so much time with her estranged husband and thought they might be having an affair.

She said Mr McMenamy threatened to cut Mr Paget's throat and then produced a knife which he used to slash Mr Paget's face. The pair then went outside for a "knock", she said, where Mr McMenamy suffered the stab wounds that led to his death.

Mr Paget (46) of Carnlough Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter for the killing of Mr McMenamy (45) at Clinch's Court, North Strand, Dublin 3 on July 19, 2019.

Ms Paget told Bernard Condon SC for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that she is separated from Mr Paget for a long time and in July 2019 was living in Clinch's Court with Mr McMenamy.

On the day that Mr McMenamy died she said she was with both men at Clinch's Court where they took heroin and drank vodka.

In the early hours, the two men started fighting and she saw "stripes" with blood flowing from them on Mr Paget's face.

She said the fight continued outside but she couldn't remember how Mr McMenamy's wounds were inflicted.

She added: "All I seen of the knife was the two fighting with knives. I think it was Aidan had a knife and I think Tony got the knife off Aidan and they were both getting it off each other."

When asked if she saw Mr Paget striking Mr McMenamy with something in his hand, she said: "I don't remember, we were all drinking and taking drugs and I'm trying to remember it and I can't. I can only remember bits and pieces."

Ms Paget agreed that she told a garda on the day of the stabbing that she saw Mr Paget stab Mr McMenamy three times and later said: "I can't be sure if he was stabbed three times but I definitely seen him stab him once."

Under cross-examination, Ms Paget agreed with defence counsel, Michael Bowman SC, that despite their break-up, her husband would assist her when she asked for help or for a loan of money.

She had met Mr McMenamy through Mr Paget as they were old friends.

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Mourners flank the coffin of Aidan McMenamy after his funeral mass

Mourners flank the coffin of Aidan McMenamy after his funeral mass

Mourners flank the coffin of Aidan McMenamy after his funeral mass

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She agreed that on that Thursday night into Friday morning they were drinking together in Clinch's Court and taking heroin and pills and at some point "it all turned and changed".

She agreed that there was a "suggestion that Aidan was jealous" that she was spending so much time with Mr Paget.

Mr McMenamy, she agreed, grabbed her by the throat and pinned her against a wall. She further agreed that he was "jealous of Tony and threatened to cut his throat."

Mr Bowman suggested that, "Aidan had taken it into his head that something was going on with you and Tony? There was an argument between you and Aido because Aido thought you were back with Tony?"

She replied: "Yeah, we had an argument about having an affair."

As the row unfolded she said she saw Mr McMenamy reach behind his back, pull out a knife and slash Mr Paget in the face.

She stood between the two men to try to stop the fight and she took the knife away. She said Mr McMenamy then called Mr Paget "out for a knock" and both men went outside where the fight resumed.

The witness replied, "yeah" when Mr Bowman asked if it was Mr McMenamy who "started the aggression and violence by producing the knife and slashing" Mr Paget.

Mr Bowman put it to her that the knife used to inflict the fatal wounds was the same knife Mr McMenamy had used to slash Mr Paget and the same knife she had taken from Mr McMenamy. She said she doesn't know.

Counsel put it to her that she "knew full well" where Mr Paget got the knife because "you gave the knife to him". She denied giving him the knife and said: "I took it after the fight."

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon asked Ms Paget several times during her testimony if she was able to continue and at this point suggested taking a break. Mr Bowman said he would "leave it at that".

The trial continues in front of Ms Justice Creedon and a jury of six men and six women.

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