A Wexford man on trial for the murder of his friend claims he would not have let the 37-year-old man die, even if the man wanted to, a Central Criminal Court jury has heard.
Michael Furlong (aged 36) told also told gardai he used a “sword or screw driver” to open the sitting room door that he claims murder victim Patrick Connors had locked.
Furlong of Meadowfield, The Moyne, Enniscorthy, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Mr Connors (aged 37) between April 28 and April 29, 2011 at CarraigTúr apartments in the town.
Detective Garda Martin Brauders told prosecuting council Ms Martina Baxter, BL, on day five of the trial, he interviewed Furlong on April 30.
He said Furlong agreed with him that he made the phone call to an ambulance as Mr Connors was knocked in the face and covered in blood.
Furlong said he could have told the ambulance crew to kick the door in but “Paddy said he was ok”.
He said he was not sure why Mr Connors had locked the sitting-room door.
“It was a Basta key and I'm sure it would be found in his pocket,” Furlong told gardaí. He denied locking the door himself and putting the key in Mr Connors pocket.
He said he did not know why Mr Connors did not want him to get the key.
He denied there had been an argument in the apartment earlier in the evening.
He also said he was not trying to protect anyone else and that there was no-one else in the apartment.
He claimed he used “either a screw driver or a swords” to open the sitting room door to go to his bedroom.
Det Gda Brauders told Furlong a sword was found in the rear car park at the apartments.
Furlong said he did not know how the sword got to the car park as he had “left it in the flat on the floor.”
“I got the door open and I went to bed and left Paddy on the couch. I don't remember how it got out there,” Furlong told gardai.
When asked if he had attempted to get rid of the sword, he told Det Gda Brauders: “I don't remember.”
When Det Brauders put it to Furlong that if Mr Connors had wanted to die would you have left him die, to which Furlong replied 'No'.
The trial will continue in the morning before Mr Justice Barry White and a jury of seven men and five women who will hear evidence of a post-mordem carried out on Mr Connors by Deputy State pathologist, Dr Khalid Jabbar.