Man accused of murder in chihuahua row should be found guilty of manslaughter, barrister
A man accused of murder during a row about a chihuahua should be found guilty of manslaughter, his barrister told a jury at the Central Criminal Court today.
Patrick Marrinan SC was making his closing speech in the trials of Wayne Cluskey (25), and Josh Turner (24) both of Mooretown, Ratoath, Co Meath. Both men have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Christopher Nevin at Tailteann Road, Navan on November 19, 2015.
Speaking on behalf of Mr Turner, Mr Marrinan said that he is not asking the jury for a full acquittal, but that "there is quite a bit of evidence that my client had lost it completely". He told the jury that if his client was provoked by Mr Nevin to the point where he could no longer control himself the proper verdict is not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.
He also said that his client could have been acting in self defence after Mr Nevin stood shouting and threatening him with a hatchet in his hand.
The trial has previously heard that a dispute arose when Josh Turner loaned Mr Nevin a male chihuahua to breed with three females but only one of the dogs got pregnant.
Shane Costelloe SC will close on behalf of Mr Cluskey this afternoon,