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Teen told gardai he was to blame for death, jury hears

Eighteen-year-old Finn Colclough said to a garda in the kitchen of a house on Waterloo Road: "It was me". He also gave a description of the knife he had used, the court heard.

Mr Colclough, of Waterloo Road, Dublin 4, denies murdering student Sean Nolan outside the address in the early hours of May 26, 2007.

Garda Aine Dalton told prosecutor Mary Ellen Ring that when she arrived at the scene of the reported stabbing she saw someone on the ground surrounded by other people.

One of the them told gardai that someone from the nearby house had stabbed the prone figure. Gardai got into the house through an unlocked basement door which led to a kitchen.

She said a long-haired, heavy set young man wearing baggy black clothes, who was Mr Colclough, entered the kitchen and said to her: "It was me". The garda cautioned and handcuffed the teenager and led him over to sit at the kitchen table. He told her: "He hit me. He wouldn't get out of the garden. I'm only 17."

She asked him where the knife was that he had used and he pointed to a container holding various kitchen utensils. He said it was a black-handled knife but was not sure which one.

Eric Treacy, a friend of the dead man, said he and his friend Mr Nolan, and another friend, Ciaran Wogan, had met Mr Colclough and his friends while they were looking for a girl called Sara, who Mr Nolan thought lived on Waterloo Road.

Mr Colclough gave them directions and they parted on good terms.

Mr Treacy said he and Mr Nolan had been out celebrating leaving school.


They were on their way to this Sara's house and wanted an opener for a bottle of wine they had bought earlier.

He told defence counsel Patrick Gageby that he could see two people dancing through a ground-floor window and they had waved the bottle to try and get their attention. He had been drinking that night and agreed with the prosecutor that his recollection of the evening might be incomplete. He remembered a long-haired young man coming out of the house waving a knife. Mr Nolan had squared up to him.

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Mr Treacy said after a brief scuffle Mr Nolan fell back clutching his chest before falling to the ground.

"I knelt down beside him. I held his head. His head was shaking. I put my hand on his chest," he said.

He said the young man who he later found out was Mr Colclough did not seem aware of what had happened and continued shouting at them to get away from his house.

Another friend of the dead youth, Ciaran Wogan, said Mr Colclough and his friends had seemed afraid of them. He said Mr Nolan was not the kind of person to walk away from a fight and when Mr Colclough came out of the house with a knife, Mr Nolan had squared up to him, with Mr Treacy following suit. The trial continues on Tuesday.

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