Accused tells trial: I just went berserk

A man who admits killing a Polish man in Clare last year but denies murdering him told gardaí that he "just went berserk".

Michael Maughan, aged 40, of Stone Court, Ennis, pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Piotr Nowakowski, aged 31, at Sandfield Mews, Ennis, on July 23, 2013.

Last week, the Central Criminal Court was told the manslaughter plea was not acceptable to the prosecution and a jury was sworn in for the murder trial.

Memos of Garda interviews with the accused during his detention were yesterday read to the jury.

“I pulled a knife and stabbed him twice... I don’t feel one bit proud,” he told gardaí.

He said that after paramedics arrived, he kicked Mr Nowakowski in the head when he was on the ground because the men inside did not open the door for him.

He said he saw a large knife on the kitchen counter and “just went berserk”.

“I just saw the knife, I just pulled the knife,” he said.

He said he did not mean to kill Mr Nowakowski.

The trial continues.


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