Ciprian Grozavu, aged 39, of Bridge House, Sean Hales Place, Bandon, Co Cork, denies the charge of murder of John Forrester, aged 42, at Bridge House on November 12, 2011.
Trevor Buckley told Mr Justice Paul Carney and the six men and six women of the jury yesterday that he visited his parents in Crossbarry that night and then went drinking in the village with his brother and four friends. They got a taxi into Bandon and at about 10.30pm they encountered a man known as Chippy, the nickname for the accused, Ciprian Grozavu. They were near Bridge House when he (Mr Buckley) saw him crossing the road.
“I noticed as he was coming across he dropped his shoulder and ran towards my buddy, Noel, and shouldered him. Noel went up against the wall.
“I reacted by running at Chippy. I kicked Chippy in the back of the leg. When he realised there was more than three of us he went back. Noel said, ‘forget about it’. My brother, Paul, said, ‘leave it alone.’ A lady came from behind the gates and she did not seem to want to keep the argument going and she kind of half-separated us,” Mr Buckley told Tim O’Leary, prosecuting.
Tom Creed, defending, cross-examined the witness and said the accused might have staggered: “Chippy had his hands up, saying ‘sorry, sorry,’ he was apologetic.”
Mr Buckley said that was because he realised how many of them were together at the time.
Mr Creed asked if it appeared as if Mr Grozavu, or Chippy, had drink taken. Mr Buckley replied: “I don’t know but he was looking for trouble.”
Garda Kieran Murphy testified that he and his colleague found what looked like a pool of congealed blood on the walkway by the river when on beat duty at 11.30pm that night.
At approximately 4am, Garda Murphy said he had obtained the key of the apartment belonging to the deceased, John Forrester, at Bridge House and he found it in darkness.
When he switched on the light, the first thing he noticed was blood underneath the couch and speckles of blood and droplets of blood at different locations in the apartment. “There was a lot of blood around the apartment. There was a broken plate with blood on it,” he said.