Ac­cused says he and sis­ter ‘off their heads’ on drugs

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The man ac­cused of mur­der­ing Mr Kivle­han told gar­daí that he and his sis­ter were ‘off their heads’ on drugs and that he’d thought the de­ceased had “touched her up” when he’d stabbed him.

The me­mos of Keith Brady’s garda in­ter­views were read to the Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court yes­ter­day (Mon­day) on the fifth day of his trial.

Sergeant Martin McHale told Dara Foynes BL, pros­e­cut­ing, that he in­ter­viewed the ac­cused for a fourth time on 5 th Au­gust that year. The court had pre­vi­ously heard that he’d de­nied in­volve­ment in his first in­ter­views.

“My­self and Jan­ice (pic­tured) were off our heads and things got out of con­trol. Things just got out of con­trol. That’s all,” he said on this oc­ca­sion, ex­plain­ing that he had been on drugs and had ‘a slight rec­ol­lec­tion’ of what hap­pened.

“I didn’t want him to be dead. But he is dead,” he con­tin­ued. “I can do noth­ing about that. I wish I could change what hap­pened but I know I can’t.”

He said that he and his sis­ter, Jan­ice Brady, had ar­rived at the de­ceased man’s home and he had let them in. They had been sit­ting down, drink­ing, and ‘ things were grand’, he said.

“Things got messy. He got messy,” he con­tin­ued. “Some­thing hap­pened with Jan­ice. I think he touched her up. There was blood. He was stabbed.”He said his rec­ol­lec­tion was poor, but added: “I stabbed him. I stabbed him. Jan­ice, she put the knife to his throat.”

The trial has heard that the de­ceased had sus­tained two stab wounds, one to each side of his neck.

He was found by friends on the morn­ing of the Au­gust bank hol­i­day.

The jury be­gan watch­ing a video of this fourth in­ter­view on Mon­day af­ter­noon and will watch the re­main­der when the trial re­sumes this morn­ing (Tues­day).

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