Wednesday 13 December 2017

'Nobody was meant to die that night,' says accused after stabbing

Karl Haugh
Karl Haugh

Gordon Deegan

The man MAN charged in connection with the fatal stabbing of 25-year-old Karl Haugh told gardaí "nobody was meant to die that night", a court heard.

Robbie Walsh (21), of Island View, Kilrush, was charged with assault causing serious harm to Mr Haugh at the Marian Estate in Kilkee on Sunday.

Giving evidence of arrest, charge and caution of Mr Walsh at Kilrush garda station at 5.53pm on Monday, Garda David King said that when charged, Mr Walsh replied: "Nobody was meant to die that night."

Solicitor for Mr Walsh Edel Ryan applied for bail, which Judge Marie Keane refused and remanded Mr Walsh in custody, at Ennis District Court.

Detective Sergeant Padraig Frawley said that it would be alleged that Mr Walsh was one of three people to enter the Marian Estate after 1am on Sunday and proceeded to call to houses looking for Mr Haugh (above).

Det Frawley said it would be further alleged that while in the estate, the accused and the two males came across Mr Haugh and another male and a fight ensued.

He said: "Other individuals also arrived who became involved in the fight. During the course of the altercation, Karl Haugh received a stab wound to his back. Gardaí arrived at the scene where knives and golf clubs were recovered."

He said Mr Haugh was brought by ambulance to Limerick University Hospital but was pronounced dead at 6am.

Det Frawley said that a post mortem was carried out by Dr Michael Curtis and the initial report indicated Mr Haugh's death was a result of a stab wound to his back that punctured his left lung.

He said that there had been tension in the area in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

"This was evident on the morning of the incident where there was an incident at the residence of the accused in Kilrush," said Det Frawley.

"Gardaí believe that this incident is indirectly related to the incident at Marian Estate."

Det Frawley said that there was a fear that if Mr Walsh was released on bail "it will lead to an escalation in tension".

He said that Mr Walsh was a drug addict and was a user of cocaine, xanax and cannabis.

Ms Ryan said: "My client has been co-operative with gardaí and will continue to be co-operative and is agreeable to any bail conditions that the court might impose."

But Judge Keane said: "I am satisfied that this matter doesn't merit bail. The circumstances of this are quite serious. There is a fatality as a result of the incident."

Judge Keane remanded Mr Walsh in custody to August 15, to reappear before Ennis District Court.

Irish Independent

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