Murder trial hears of accused's injury

The trial of a 32-year-old Dublin man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s former lover has heard the accused had a metal wire protruding from his leg when arrested by gardaí, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

The trial of a 32-year-old Dublin man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s former lover has heard the accused had a metal wire protruding from his leg when arrested by gardaí, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

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

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

Dr Lynham Williams yesterday told the court that when he examined the accused at Finglas Garda Station at 11.35am on the morning of the fatal stabbing he found a metal wire protruding from the accused’s skin around the knee area.

Dr Williams told the jury of six men and six women that the accused informed him that he had a metal plate inserted into his knee after an accident.

Dr Williams said the accused told him it was "very painful", but the accused, the court heard, "declined painkillers". Mr McCann was then brought to the Mater Hospital, where he was later treated.

A neighbour of Ms Anita Dunne at Cappagh Avenue, Finglas, said that on the morning of the fatal incident she heard shouting coming from number 82.

Mrs Catherine Nichol said that she heard at 7.55am: "Sure, you’re out of it! You’re out of it!" coming from Ms Dunne’s house.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court.

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