A Wicklow man has pleaded not guilty to murder at the Central Criminal Court.
Mr Richard O’Carroll (aged 33) with addresses at Greenpark Road, Bray, Co Wicklow and Cois Sleibhe, Southern Cross Road, Bray denies murdering Mr Keith Fortune (aged 27) of Hazelwood Upper, Dargle Road, Bray.
Mr Fortune allegedly died as a result of an incident at the William Dargan Inn, Goldsmith Terrace, on Quinsboro Road in Bray in the early hours of May 2, 1999. He was in the company of a family celebrating the christening of a child earlier that day.
Prosecuting counsel, Mr Barry Hickson SC, told the jury of five women and seven men in his opening speech that the accused "murdered Keith Fortune".
The deceased man along with Mr O’Carroll, Mr Hickson SC said, was on the premises of the "William Dargan Inn" on the evening before the fatal stabbing.
There was "a celebration after a christening" taking place earlier that day, Mr Hickson SC said.
Shortly after closing time, outside the pub, the prosecution allege an "incident occurred between Keith Fortune and Richard O’Carroll". A number of witnesses, Mr Hickson SC said would testify that they saw the deceased man "holding his side"
Mr Fortune, prosecuting counsel told the jury, was brought by ambulance to St Colmcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown shortly after 1am. "He had multiple stab wounds to the chest", Mr Hickson SC said.
After going into cardiac arrest, Mr Fortune was pronounced dead at 4.20am, prosecuting counsel told the jury.
The jury heard that when the accused was arrested, he allegedly told gardaí he was defending himself.
Prosecuting counsel read the evidence of Dr Ziad Awad to the jury. Dr Awad was the doctor on call in Loughlinstown Hospital in the early hours of May 2, 1999. Mr Fortune, he said, had "multiple stab wounds to the chest and was in shock".
After going into cardiac arrest, Dr Awad "managed to resuscitate" the stabbed man. But after suffering a further four cardiac arrests, Mr Fortune died as the medical team attempted to operate shortly after 4am.
Mr Christopher Williams, an emergency medical technician told the jury that when he arrived at the "William Dargan Inn" Mr Fortune was "on the ground covered in blood" and he was "unconscious".
"His chest was completely covered in blood," Mr Williams told the jury.
The trial continues before Ms Justice Elizabeth Quinn at the Central Criminal Court and is expected to last eight days.