Tuesday 17 September 2019

Murder accused told gardaí he thought deceased 'touched up' his sister, court told

Martin Kivlehan
Martin Kivlehan

Natasha Reid

A man accused of murdering a Sligo musician told gardai that he and his sister were "off their heads" on drugs and that he’d thought the deceased had touched her up when he’d stabbed him.

The memos of Keith Brady’s garda interviews were read to the Central Criminal Court today on the fifth day of his trial.

The 31-year-old of Cartron Estate in Sligo town is charged with murdering Martin Kivlehan on a date unknown between August 2 and August 3 2015 in Mr Kivlehan’s home at The New Apartments on Holborn Street.

He has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 59-year-old, but guilty to his manslaughter.

Sergeant Martin McHale told Dara Foynes BL, prosecuting, that he interviewed the accused for a fourth time on August 5 that year.

The court had previously heard that he’d denied involvement in his first interviews.

“Myself and Janice were off our heads and things got out of control. Things just got out of control. That’s all,” he said on this occasion, explaining that he had been on drugs and had ‘a slight recollection’ of what happened.

“I didn’t want him to be dead. But he is dead,” he continued.

“I can do nothing about that. I wish I could change what happened but I know I can’t.”

He said that he and his sister, Janice Brady, had arrived at the deceased man’s home and he had let them in.

They had been sitting down, drinking, and ‘things were grand’," he said.

“Things got messy. He got messy,” he continued.

“Something happened with Janice. I think he touched her up. There was blood. He was stabbed.”

He said his recollection was poor, but added: “I stabbed him. I stabbed him. Janice, she put the knife to his throat.”

The trial has heard that the deceased had sustained two stab wounds, one to each side of his neck. He was found by friends on the morning of the August bank holiday.

The jury has now begun watching a video of this fourth interview and will watch the remainder when the trial resumes this morning.

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