Thursday 18 January 2018

South Dublin murder trial hears accused allegedly sent text to friend saying: 'I think I murdered someone'

Wayne Kennedy
Photo: Tony Gavin
Wayne Kennedy Photo: Tony Gavin

Alison O’Riordan

A man has told a trial jury that he received a text from his friend, who is accused of murdering a 26 year old man nearly two years ago, saying "I think I murdered someone last night."

Wayne Kennedy (33) with an address at Rathsallagh Park in Shankill, Co Dublin is charged with murdering David Spain on December 26 2013 at this address as well as intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Sean Turner (24) on the same date.

David Spain
David Spain

Last Monday at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Kennedy pleaded not guilty to both counts.

Today prosecution counsel Paddy McCarthy SC called Mark McGovern, whom the court heard was a good friend of the accused from Shankill, to give evidence.

"I've known the accused for years. We were very good friends, he would be over in my house once a week," said Mr McGovern.

The court heard that Wayne Kennedy came to Mr McGovern's house on Christmas Day 2013 as there was a party going on there where "alot of drink was had" and "maybe more than one line of coke."

Mr McGovern told the court Mr Kennedy was in "great form" and left his house around 2am and walked home as he had been drinking.

Mr McCarthy put it to to witness that he had got a text message off Wayne Kennedy that night and asked him what did it say.

Mr McGovern replied: "I got it at 5.34am and it said: 'I think I murdered someone last night.' "

When asked what he did then by the prosecution counsel, Mr McGovern replied: "I was drunk in bed and thought he was just in a fight so I turned off my phone and went back to sleep. I didn't take it literally."

The court heard the gardai arrived at his house the following morning at 8.30am and asked Mr McGovern to get his phone as it was still turned off.

"Had you got another message at that stage?" asked the barrister.

Mr McGovern said when he turned on his phone a couple of messages came through including one which said: "I need some help, I need some help."

Mr McCarthy asked the witness if another one said "please ring again, I've no one else?"

"Maybe," replied the witness.

When Mr McGovern learned through his wife's Facebook page that morning that there had been an argument and "slagging off" between the accused and Sean Turner, the court heard he tried to contact Mr Kennedy but couldn't get a hold of him.

"I found out that morning someone had died. I knew previously that Wayne had asked Sean for the money, it was an ongoing thing, Wayne told me he owed him money. I haven’t spoken to Wayne to this day since it happened," said the witness.

Mr Ian Messitt, who was in the deceased's house on the night in question, was also called by Mr McCarthy today. He gave evidence that he recollected hearing shouting coming from the green of the estate, which came from Sean Turner.

"Sean was saying: 'He has stabbed me, the c*** has stabbed me.' It took me five to eight minutes to get there. I went over to help Mr Turner as he had been stabbed twice. I saw the blood gushing out from his right hand side," said Mr Messitt.

Garda Neil Dunne, who was part of the search team at Rathsallagh Park in Shankill, told the court that he discovered a handle of a knife in a grassy verge area of the estate.

"There was no blade on the knife. I found it in a lane way running onto the back of the houses, there is a grass verge area there," he said.

The trial continues.

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