'I dealt fatal blow with hatchet', says dog row murder accused
A man accused of murder told gardai that he struck the fatal blow, but only after the deceased attacked him with a hatchet during a row over a dog.
Josh Turner (24) and Wayne Cluskey (25), both of Mooretown, Ratoath, Co Meath, have pleaded not guilty to the murder of 27-year-old Christopher Nevin at Tailteann Road, Navan, on November 19, 2015.
At the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Det Gda Patrick Muldowney said Mr Turner went voluntarily to Navan Garda Station four days after Mr Nevin was killed.
He was arrested on suspicion of Mr Nevin's murder and gave a number of interviews.
In his second interview he told gardai: "I gave him the fatal blow, but he brought out the hatchet to hurt us.
"The stupid c**t. If he hadn't brought out the hatchet he wouldn't be lying on the floor dead."
Det Gda Muldowney said Mr Turner was visibly upset during the interviews.
Mr Turner said he loaned Mr Nevin a male Chihuahua to breed with three females, but a dispute arose when only one of the dogs became pregnant.
He said he spoke to Mr Nevin over the phone on November 19 and arranged to meet him at a mutual friend's house.
Mr Turner went with Mr Cluskey to the house and knocked on the window.
Mr Nevin said: "Hold on, I want to put my runners on."
Mr Turner told gardai: "I seen Nevin coming at me with a green hatchet."
He said Mr Nevin hit him once or twice and then Mr Cluskey got involved. As Mr Cluskey and Mr Nevin fought, Mr Turner took the hatchet.
He told gardai that he hit Mr Nevin on the head with the blunt side of the hatchet.
"I didn't go there for a fight," he added.