Young murder accused told gardaí: 'I really, really didn’t mean it', court hears

A teenager accused of murdering another teenager outside his house on Dublin's Waterloo Road, told gardaí he had not meant to stab the deceased man, a jury at the Central Criminal Court has heard.

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.

Detective garda Aine Dalton told prosecution counsel Ms Mary Ellen Ring SC that Mr Colclough told gardaí he had not known the stabbing had occurred until he went back inside the house and saw blood on his hands.

He told gardaí he had started to wash his hands to get the blood off them and the knife had fallen into the sink at the same time.

“My hand was on the blade. I was washing my hands and the knife. I can’t really remember.”

Mr Colclough said that he and two friends had met the deceased and his two friends when they had decided to go for a walk shortly before 4am. He was carrying three cans of deodorant with him because he had been at a 21st birthday party and had sweated a lot when he was dancing.

He told gardaí Mr Nolan asked them if they knew a girl called “Saffy” who lived nearby. He said he knew a Saffy, or Sara, because she had used to live next door but her family had since moved away.

“We tried to give them directions. They were slightly drunk. They started to get agitated. We weren’t giving good directions.”

Mr Colclough told gardaí that he and his friends went back into the house but then got slightly scared and locked the door. They could see Mr Nolan and his friends out of the kitchen window.

“They had a bottle of wine and were asking if we could open it but we couldn’t hear them until we went outside.”

He told gardaí that he had picked up two knives which he thought were sitting on the kitchen table and had gone outside waving them in the hope that it would scare them away from the house.

Mr Colclough said that as he ran out screaming one of the men came up to him and started shouting back at him.

“He came really close and said are you going to use them and you shouldn’t be waving them about and something else I didn’t hear.”

He said that Mr Nolan then grabbed him with his left hand while swinging his right arm up to hit him on the back of the head. Mr Colclough said he tried to push Mr Nolan away. “I kind of accidentally stabbed him.”

He said: “I pushed him off me and the knife went into him.”

Mr Colclough said Mr Nolan then stepped back saying: “You stabbed me, you f***ing stabbed me”.

But he said that, because Mr Nolan was talking and walked away, he hadn’t thought that he was seriously injured. He told gardaí that he thought he had only scratched him.

He said that he hadn’t realised how seriously Mr Nolan had been injured until he went back outside after washing the knife. He saw Mr Nolan on the ground and his friends pressing him chest. He told gardaí he had gone straight back into the house and phoned for an ambulance.

Det sgt Dalton told Ms Ring that Mr Colclough told gardaí: "I would like to apologise. I am sorry for all the trouble I caused to that man’s family. It was an accident. I really, really didn’t mean it.

The trial continues in its closing stages tomorrow before Mr Justice Carney and the jury of eight men and four women.

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