Saturday 18 November 2017

Murder accused told mother 'I f****d up ma' after arrest for stabbing man over €100 debt

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Eoin Reynolds

A murder accused told his mother "I f****d up ma" when he was arrested for stabbing a man over a €100 drug debt, a trial at the Central Criminal Court has heard.

William Gilsenan (24), of The Green, Larch Hill, Oscar Traynor Road, Santry, Dublin 17 has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 29-year-old Edward Fitzgerald in a car park outside the accused's home on October 17, 2014.

His mother Marie Gilsenan on Friday told defence counsel Caroline Biggs SC that she got a phone call from her son that afternoon. He told her he had a fight and stabbed Edward Fitzgerald in the leg and that he was going to hand himself over to gardai. When she arrived at the house he had called her from, gardai were already there.

She said she hugged him and he told her: "I f***d up, ma."

Ms Gilsenan said she knew her son owed Mr Fitzgerald €100 because her son had been worried about it for some time and Mr Fitzgerald often called him looking for his money. On October 5, 12 days before the stabbing, Mr Fitzgerald called to Ms Gilsenan's home and asked for William. When she told him William did not live there Mr Fitzgerald said: "he owes me money."

"I told him to take it up with him," she said. "He said: "I will, I f*****g will," and he sped off up the road."

Ms Gilsenan said money was "tight" at the time but she called her son and offered to pay €50 of the debt, but he couldn't afford to pay the balance.

Ms Gilsenan said her son was studying horticulture in Coláiste Dhúlaigh and was a keen footballer. She said he took seriously his responsibilities as the eldest of her children.

Mr Gilsenan's father William Kinsella told prosecuting counsel Orla Crowe SC that he was at home in Cromcastle Avenue when his son arrived soon after the stabbing. He said he seemed like a "headless chicken", adding: "He was panicked and he was grey. I got the feeling something was wrong. He didn't seem to know what to do."

He said William told him about the fight and that he had stabbed someone and accepted that he had to hand himself over to gardai.

Lauren Meehan told Ms Crowe that she was engaged to Mr Gilsenan in 2014 but they have since split. She said that she knew about the €100 debt because Mr Fitzgerald had contacted her through Facebook. She agreed with Ms Biggs that he said he wanted his money and he was "getting pissed off". She told him she would pass on the message.

The trial will continue on Monday in front of Justice Paul Butler and a jury of seven women and five men.

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