Murder trial - Day 4

Murder accused would give his life for the deceased

"Things just got out of control"

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Murder accused would give his life for the deceased

A murder accused told gardai that he was sorry and would give his life for the deceased if he could, a murder trial heard today (Thursday).

Keith Brady also said he was on Xanax and heroin, that he had no intention of killing anyone and added: "It's just the drink and the drugs."

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 court heard earlier today that when arrested Mr Brady shouted to his sister Janice: "Don't say anything, they are trying to stitch us up."

Following that, Garda David Hannigan told prosecuting counsel Paul Murray SC, Mr Brady was interviewed five times at Sligo Garda Station on August 4 and 5, 2015. During the first three interviews he replied "no comment" when asked about Mr Kivlehan's death. At the beginning of the fourth interview he told gardai that "things just got out of control" and "I wish I could change what happened".

He said he and his sister Janice bought cider earlier that day Sunday and walked to Mr Kivlehan's home. The accused and his sister had visited the house before so they knocked on the door and Mr Kivlehan let them in. They sat around listening to music and drinking. Mr Brady took Xanax and heroin.

Then, "things got messy". He said something happened with Janice, adding: "I think he touched her up". The accused thought he remembered that Janice was either sitting beside Mr Kivlehan or on his lap. This went on for a few minutes and then he "lost it" and stabbed the deceased. He described it as "sporadic" and that "it just happened". Afterward the stabbing Mr Brady said Janice put the knife to Mr Kivlehan's throat, but he said he did not see her stab him.

He knew he had caused "grievous injury" when he saw blood.
Gardai asked him where he had stabbed Mr Kivlehan and he indicated the left chest area. When gardai pointed out that Mr Kivlehan's injuries were to the neck and not the body Mr Brady responded: "I never stabbed anybody in the neck."

At the beginning of his final interview Mr Brady told gardai that he wanted to tell the deceased's family that he is, "very deeply sorry. It's not what I do. It's just the drink and the drugs, if I could give my life for his I would."
When gardai asked if he was covering for his sister he responded: "Definitely not." Later in the interview he said: "I just don't know if I really killed him," and said he had no intention of killing anyone.

When gardai asked him why Mr KIvlehan died, he replied: "I don't know." He also couldn't remember what happened to the knife or the clothes he had been wearing that night.

The trial will continue on Monday in front of Justice Paul McDermott and a jury of seven women and five men.