Accused told gardaí he feared he'd lose girlfriend, court told

The trial of 32-year-old Dublin man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s former lover said to gardaí: "I didn’t want him around her, I was just after getting back with her and he was f**king it all up," the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The trial of 32-year-old Dublin man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s former lover said to gardaí: "I didn’t want him around her, I was just after getting back with her and he was f**king it all up," the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Mark McCann, aged 32, of Virginia Drive, Finglas denies murdering Robert Rogers, aged 26, of Berryfield Road, Finglas on January 12, 2002 at Cappagh Avenue, Finglas.

The court has heard the fatal stabbing arose out of a rivalry between two men for the affections of one woman, Anita Dunne.

The accused was arrested by gardaí within minutes of the stabbing as he cycled down Barry Road with a knife down his trousers.

During interviews with gardaí, Mr McCann said: "The two of us were just scuffling and I stabbed him, three to four times, I think."

When asked by gardaí why he stabbed the deceased, Mr McCann said: "Everything just happens to me, losing people. I was afraid I was going to lose Anita. I couldn’t help myself."

Mr McCann admitted to gardaí that he stabbed Mr Rogers in the back. "I didn’t want him near her or the gaff, he just wouldn’t leave us alone," Mr McCann told gardaí.

The accused told gardaí he had been going out with Anita Dunne for two years. But they had split up for a while during which Anita went out with Mr Rogers. The accused told gardai he "got back with Anita about two weeks" before the fatal stabbing.

Mr McCann said Anita Dunne and himself split up because the deceased allegedly told her he was on "gear", referring to drugs.

Mr Rogers also allegedly told Ms Dunne that the accused had the "virus" meaning HIV. "He was telling everyone, it was really wrecking my head," Mr McCann told gardaí.

When Mr Rogers called to Cappagh Avenue on the morning of the incident, the accused told gardaí he had stayed the night at the house.

The accused told gardai when he opened the door of the sitting room, the deceased "grabbed" him by the throat. "He hit me a few boxes in the face", he told gardaí.

Mr McCann told gardaí he then went out into the hall. "I thought about it. I couldn’t put up with the shit anymore. I wanted him to leave it out."

Mr McCann told gardaí he was "in a rage". "I was scared and annoyed. He wouldn’t leave the two of us alone, he was always picking on me," he said.

The accused said to gardai he then "lashed out".

Afterwards the accused said he "picked up the knife and put it in the front of his jacket". "I got onto my push bike and just went," Mr McCann told gardaí.

When pressed by gardaí why he didn’t walk away from the fight, Mr McCann allegedly said the deceased "used to give me an awful life".

"I knew if I walked away I would lose Anita", Mr McCann told gardaí.

The accused said to gardaí: "I wish today it didn’t happen, he was always in the way, never leaving me alone."

"I am sorry he is dead. I just wanted to scare him", Mr McCann told gardaí. "I am sorry it all happened, he used to be my mate. He should have left us alone to get on with our lives," the accused told gardaí.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court and is expected to last a week.

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