Murder accused was ‘defending himself’

A man accused of murder who stabbed a man to death told a garda that he was defending himself after being attacked by two men, his trial has heard.

Donal Colgan, aged 65, of Killarney Court, Killarney St, Dublin 1, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of David Sheridan, aged 45, outside Luigi’s chip shop on North Strand Rd on August 17/18, 2014.

Sgt Chris Cahill told Paul Burns, prosecuting, he was present when Mr Colgan was arrested in the early hours of August 19 and sat with the accused man in a Garda car as he was brought to Mountjoy Garda Station.

He said that, while in the car, Mr Colgan said: “It was self-defence. Two lads attacked me.”

Sgt Cahill said that he cautioned Mr Colgan again and wrote down what he had said.

The court also heard from Teresa Marsella, who was working in Luigi’s that night. She said that she recognised Mr Colgan as a regular customer who would come in about three times a week and order a bag of chips.

The night of the stabbing was busy so she did not pay much attention to what was being said when Mr Colgan, the deceased man, and his friend, Gary Kinlan, and a group of three younger men gathered in the shop.

She told Mr Burns that the first thing she noticed was seeing punches being thrown between Mr Colgan and Mr Sheridan outside the shop. When Mr Colgan left she thought that was the end of it. Minutes later, as she stood at the door of the shop, she saw Mr Colgan return.

She said: “He took something out of his jacket and I thought I was seeing things but it was a knife. He stabbed him and I walked away screaming.”

Detective Sergeant Mark Watters told Mr Burns that he searched Mr Colgan’s home following the arrest and found shoes, a black jacket, and a pair of jeans, all stained with blood.


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