A witness has told a trial at the central criminal court that a murder accused was racially abused and assaulted for no reason by the deceased and another man.
36 year old Juraci Da Silva , with an address at Park Lane Apartments in Waterford, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to the manslaughter of James Banville at New Street in Waterford on October 8th, 2016.
The Irish Times reports that Mr. Da Silva has also pleaded not guilty to assaulting Conor Hogan causing him harm and to a charge of producing a knife on the same date and at the same place.
Melanie Byrne told the court that she saw a foreign looking man, who was minding his own business, being racially abused. She said she was was kind of shocked, and then saw the men punch the accused for no reason.
It is the prosecution’s case that the two men were Mr Hogan and Mr Banville while the third man was the accused, who later stabbed Mr Banville to death.
The trial continues before Mr Justice Michael White and a jury of six men and six women.