Man murdered friend over woman, court hears

The trial of a 32-year-old Dublin man accused of murder has heard the fatal stabbing "arose out of a rivalry between two men for the affections of one woman".

The trial of a 32-year-old Dublin man accused of murder has heard the fatal stabbing "arose out of a rivalry between two men for the affections of one woman".

Mr Mark McCann of Virginia Drive, Finglas denies murdering Mr Robert Rogers (aged 26) of Berryfield Road, Finglas on January 12, 2002 at 82 Cappagh Avenue, Finglas.

Prosecuting counsel, Mr Tom O'Connell SC said in his opening speech to the jury that the accused and the deceased were "both rivals for the affection" of Ms Anita Dunne.

Ms Dunne, the court heard, had been a girlfriend of the accused and the pair had been living together at 82 Cappagh Avenue, Finglas.

"They had split up many months before she took up with Robert Rogers. Both the deceased and the accused were friends at one time, they both come from the same area," Mr O’Connell SC said.

A day before the fatal incident, prosecuting counsel said the deceased moved out of the three-bedroom terraced house on Cappagh Avenue.

Mr O'Connell SC said the accused arrived at Cappagh Avenue on the evening before the fatal incident as a result of a phone call. The prosecution contends that the accused arrived at the house with a knife and used this knife to kill Mr Rogers.

"A significant amount of alcohol" was consumed, Mr O’Connell SC said. "Ms Anita Dunne doesn’t remember much due to a combination of alcohol and prescription drugs, she suffered some degree of amnesia."

The prosecution claim that the accused and Ms Dunne "settled down in the front room of the house". At 9.15am, Mr O'Connell SC told the jury, the deceased arrived at the house and a confrontation ensued.

"The accused stabbed Robert Rogers five times," Mr O’Connell SC said. After stabbing the deceased, the prosecution claim, Mr McCann then beat Mr Rogers with a billiard cue until it broke.

Mr Rogers was pronounced dead at 10.20am at James Connolly Memorial Hospital Blanchardstown.

Within minutes of gardaí reaching the scene, Mr O’Connell SC said the accused was apprehended as he cycled down Barry Road in Finglas at 9.40am.

The murder weapon, a 21-inch long kitchen knife, the prosecution counsel claim was recovered in the "possession of the accused".

Mr O’Connell SC said the jury will hear DNA evidence discovered on the knife in the possession of the accused matched that of Robert Rogers.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Carney and is expected to last a week.

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