Saturday 18 November 2017

Accused told gardai he cut friend's throat, court hears

Conor Gallagher

A MAN said he didn't know how he would live with himself after he slashed his best friend's throat in a row over a pint, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard yesterday.

Luke Walsh (23) told gardai in a voluntary statement, made the day after the incident, that he accepted he had hit the alleged victim, Colin Doyle, with the glass, even though he could not remember doing it.

He said he was remorseful, adding, "I don't know if I can live with myself after everything Colin has done for me."

However, Mr Walsh gave evidence yesterday that he could not remember what happened during the incident and refused to accept he attacked Mr Doyle.

In his statement to gardai, read to the jury by Monika Leech BL, prosecuting, he said Mr Doyle was his best friend who he had known for five years.

Mr Walsh of Broadford Drive, Ballinteer, has pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Mr Doyle at the Rockfield Lounge, Dundrum, on March 5, 2009. He is alleged to have slashed open Mr Doyle's throat, cutting his jugular.

At the end of the prosecution evidence, Mr Walsh took the stand and said that all he could remember was sitting down in the pub and his friend starting to hit him. He said the next thing he remembered was being taken out of the pub by his other friends or the bar staff. He said he didn't remember taking Mr Doyle's pints during the night or striking him.

He said he had six or seven pints during the night and that would usually make him quite drunk.

He told the court he was not a violent person by nature and had never been in a similar situation before.

Ms Leech put it to the accused that he had no reason why he could not remember.

He responded that he didn't know why he couldn't remember the details now but suggested it was because the incident occurred over two years ago.

The accused refused to accept Ms Leech's assertion that he assaulted his friend, resulting in life-threatening injuries.

Judge Joseph Matthews told the jury that they had heard all the evidence and the case would resume on Monday with closing speeches.

Irish Independent

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