Garda told 'it was me', court hears

A south Dublin teenager told gardaí that he had stabbed another teenager outside his house on Waterloo Road a jury at the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Garda Aine Dalton told prosecution counsel Ms Mary Ellen Ring SC that she had been called to the seen of a reported stabbing in the small hours of Saturday May 26 last year.

She saw someone lying on the ground surrounded by several other people. One of them told her and her colleagues that someone from the nearby house had stabbed the prone figure.

She said gardaí got into the house through an unlocked basement door which led to a kitchen. A long-haired, heavy-set young man wearing baggy black clothes came into the kitchen and told her: “It was me”.

Finn Colclough (aged 18), with an address at Waterloo Road, Dublin 4, denies the murder of student Sean Nolan at Waterloo Road in the early hours of May 26 2007.

Gda Dalton told Ms Ring that she cautioned Mr Colclough, cuffed him 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 used and he pointed at a container holding various kitchen utensils. He said it was a black-handled knife but he was not sure which knife it was.

Mr Eric Treacy, a friend of the deceased, told Ms Ring that he could see no reason why Mr Colclough and his friends would have been afraid of him, Mr Nolan and another friend Mr Ciaran Wogan. However, he agreed that Mr Nolan was not the kind of person to walk away from a fight.

He said that the two groups met when Mr Nolan and his friends were looking for a girl called Sara who Mr Nolan thought lived on Waterloo Road. Mr Colclough gave directions and they parted on good terms. Mr Treacy said that he and Mr Nolan had been out celebrating leaving school.

They had been on their way to Sara’s house and wanted a bottle opener to open some wine they had bought earlier. He told Mr Patrick Gageby SC defending 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 said that he had been drinking that night and agreed that his recollection of the evening might have been incomplete. He told Ms Ring that he remembered a long-haired young man coming out of the house waving a knife. He said Mr Nolan stepped forward and squared up to the oncoming figure.

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

“I knelt down beside him. I held his head. His head was shaking. I put my hand on his chest.”

He agreed with Mr Gageby that 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 deceased, Mr Ciaran Wogan told Mr Gageby that Mr Nolan was very much a leader and not the kind of person who would walk away from a fight.

He said that rightly or wrongly Mr Colclough and his two friends had seemed afraid of them and said that he had run up to the front door and knocked on it as a joke.

He said that when Mr Colclough came out with the knife Mr Nolan squared up to him with Mr Treacy following suit.

The trial continues on Tuesday before Mr Justice Paul Carney and the jury of seven men and five women.

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