Tadhg Butler is accused of murdering his nephew’s friend Michael O’Dwyer in Co. Waterford four years ago.
Tadhg Butler claims he accidentally stabbed Mr O’Dwyer while trying to wrestle a knife from his nephew at his home at Seafield in Tramore.
The trial has heard that Mr Butler’s nephew Tony O’Grady told Gardaí his uncle walked over to them and stabbed his friend, without saying a word.
The barrister for a man accused of murdering his nephew’s friend yesterday told his trial he has “grave reservations” about the prosecution’s key witness.
Tadhg Butler denies murdering Michael O’Dwyer at his home at Seafield in Tramore, Co. Waterford in 2014.
Tadhg Butler’s nephew Tony O’Grady told Gardaí he and his friend Michael O’Dwyer called over to his uncle’s house where they drank whiskey and beer.
He said they were sitting on the stairs chatting when his uncle walked over without saying a word and stabbed his friend in the chest with a large knife.
Mr. Butler denies that version of events and claims he accidentally stabbed him while trying to get the knife off his nephew who was trying to self-harm.
The prosecution doesn’t believe him and in his final address, Denis Vaughan Buckley SC asked the jurors not to decide the case on sympathy for one side or the other but just to look at the evidence.