AN Irishman accused of stabbing a ferry worker to death during a brawl in Tenerife has pleaded with a jury to clear him of murder.
Keith Burke (21) was close to tears as he told a court: "I know I did not stab nobody. I know I did not kill nobody."
Mr Burke, from Dublin, said his "heart goes out" to the family of the dead man, 24-year-old Abraham Baez.
He told jurors he felt "a bit of responsibility" over the tragedy because he was there when Mr Baez was killed. But he denied stabbing Mr Baez in the neck.
Mr Burke was given the "last word" at the end of his murder trial at a court in Santa Cruz.
State prosecutor Angel Garcia told the court Mr Burke had repeatedly stabbed the Spaniard in the face, neck and shoulder "with the clear intention of killing him".
Mr Garcia said Mr Burke should be jailed for 17 years for murder.
Police found a knife with Mr Burke's blood on it near to the scene and cuts on his hand consistent with having used a knife in a fight, the court has heard.
Mr Burke's defence lawyer Avelino Miguez said there was no evidence Mr Burke had stabbed the Spaniard.
The Irishman's then girlfriend, Sara Stuart (31) is accused of bashing the Spaniard's girlfriend Laura Negrin around the head with a rock, knocking her unconscious.
Ms Stuart, also from Dublin, spent nine months on remand after being arrested on suspicion of murdering Mr Baez.
She was released on bail and faces up to three years if convicted of the assault on Ms Negrin. Ms Stuart told the court: "I've spent nine months in prison for something I didn't do."
Jurors are expected to retire to consider their verdict today.