One of seven people accused of murdering Dale Creighton in Dublin told Gardaí that he took a knife off his alleged victim on the night in question.
James Reid of Glen Aoibhinn in Gorey, Co Wexford also denied assaulting the 20-year-old – who died from severe head injuries in January 2014.
Mr Reid was arrested at an address in Tallaght at 11.30am on the morning of January 2, 2014.
During his first Garda interview, he was shown CCTV footage from a pedestrian footbridge above the Tallaght bypass where the prosecution believes Dale Creighton was subjected to a “vicious attack” in the early hours of New Years Day that year.
The now-26-year-old identified himself among a group of others, but repeatedly denied having any part in the assault.
When asked why there were a few cuts by the knuckles of his right-hand, he said he didn’t know, but thought they could be from work.
He claimed Mr. Creighton pulled a knife on him but that he had managed to take it from him and could be seen holding it in the footage.
He said he told the others to leave him alone and did feel remorse that he had died in hospital.