A banjo player described as a "gentleman who wouldn't hurt a fly" was found dead at his home with a knife on his chest and stab wounds to his neck, a murder trial heard today (Tuesday).
30-year-old Keith Brady of Cartron Estate, Sligo has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of Martin 'Matt' Kivlehan (59) at New Apartments, Holborn St, Sligo on August 2/3 2015. The plea was not accepted and he is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.
The deceased's brother Christopher Kivlehan today told prosecuting counsel Paul Murray SC that his brother loved music and would light up whenever a conversation on music started.
He added that everyone who knew him would say that he was inoffensive, jolly and witty. "Everyone loved him," he added.
Samantha O'Hanlon told the trial that she saw the deceased on Sunday, August 2 in the Mace Store by his home. He was trying to buy a naggin of vodka but the person at the till couldn't sell it to him because he only had foreign currency. She said that she spoke to Mr Kivlehan for about two minutes before he left on his own.
She said she knew him well and described him as a "gentleman, a man who wouldn't hurt a fly."
Garda David Hannon responded to a 999 call to go to Mr Kivlehan's house and when he got there he found the deceased lying on the floor. He said there was evidence that people had been using heroin.
In the bedroom he saw tablets scattered on the bed and every drawer and press had been opened. There were also bags of empty cans. The deceased was lying in the front room with his right arm across his chest and under his hand was a knife with a serrated edge. He could see a wound to Mr Kivlehan's throat.
The trial continues in front of Justice Paul McDermott and a jury of five men and seven women.