Tuesday 16 January 2018

Murder accused admitted stabbing Shane Murphy in the stomach and chest

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Eoin Reynolds

A murder accused told gardai that he stabbed the deceased in the chest and stomach after being called a "junkie", a trial heard today.

Dylan Hayes (22) of The Crescent, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, Co Limerick and his co-accused Ger Hogan (34) of Raheen Square, Ballinacurra Weston, have pleaded not guilty to the murder of Shane Murphy at The Grove, Pallasgreen, Co Limerick on April 30, 2015.

Detective Garda John O'Connell told prosecuting counsel Diarmuid Collins BL that Mr Hayes was interviewed eight times at Henry St Garda Station in Limerick. During the seventh interview Mr Hayes told gardai that he disliked Shane Murphy because Mr Murphy had called him a "junkie" and accused him of "goofing off", which he said means being stoned on heroin, at the house in Pallasgreen.

He said a row started and he took a knife which he used to stab Mr Murphy. When gardai asked where he stabbed Mr Murphy he pointed to his stomach and chest and said: "I stabbed him there and there."

Later in the interview he told gardai: "I didn't kill him."

The trial continues this afternoon at the Central Criminal Court in front of Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of five women and seven men.

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