Monday 27 January 2020

Anger had built up, says shop owner on trial for murder

Natasha Reid

A BUSINESSMAN charged with murdering a customer over a 70c debt told gardai that anger had built up after similar and worse episodes and caused him to lose control.

The Central Criminal Court was hearing evidence of interviews given to gardai by the internet and call shop owner, who admits kicking the victim in the head and body.

Finglas man Noel Fegan died soon after the incident on May 20, 2011, outside e-Times on Dublin's Wellington Quay.

Zhen Dong Zhao (36), a Chinese national with an address at Jervis Street in Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 40-year-old.

Detective Garda Desmond Rogers told the trial that he interviewed the accused at Pearse Street garda station the day after the alleged offence.

Mr Zhao said that Mr Fegan, who lived on Aughrim Street, had slapped him in the face and run away after Mr Zhao tried to prevent him leaving without paying for a 70c phone call.

Mr Zhao said that Mr Fegan had fallen after he ran out the door and that he had kicked him twice in the head and twice in the body while he was on the ground.

"This thing happened a number of times. I wanted to warn them not to do this," he said, agreeing that it had not happened with Mr Fegan previously.

He said he had never hit anyone back before this.

"It's only because the anger I built up from the past made me lose control," he said.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.

Irish Independent

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