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'I f**ked up, ma', court told stabbing accused said

Mr Gilsenan 'was panicked'
Mr Gilsenan 'was panicked'

A murder accused told his mother "I f**ked up, ma" after he was arrested for stabbing a man over a €100 drug debt, a court has heard.

William Gilsenan (24), of The Green, Larch Hill, Oscar Traynor Road, Santry, Dublin 17, has denied murdering Edward Fitzgerald (29) outside his home on October 17, 2014.

Mr Gilsenan's mother, Marie, yesterday told the Central Criminal Court that she received a phone call from her son that afternoon.

He told her he had a fight and stabbed Mr Fitzgerald in the leg and that he was going to hand himself in to gardai. When she next saw him, she hugged him and he told her: "I f**ked up, ma."

Worried

Ms Gilsenan said she knew her son owed Mr Fitzgerald €100 because he had been worried about it for some time and Mr Fitzgerald often called him looking for his money.

On October 5, Mr Fitzgerald called at Ms Gilsenan's home and asked for her son. When she told him he did not live there, Mr Fitzgerald said, "He owes me money".

When she told him to take it up with her son, he said, "I f**king will", before speeding off up the road.

Ms Gilsenan said money was "tight" so she called her son and offered to pay €50 towards the debt, but he said could not afford to pay the balance.

She told the court her son was studying horticulture at Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education and that, as the eldest of her children, he took his responsibilities seriously.

Mr Gilsenan's father, William Kinsella, told prosecuting counsel Orla Crowe that he was at home in Cromcastle Avenue when his son arrived soon after the stabbing.

"He was panicked and he was grey," he said. "I got the feeling something was wrong. He didn't seem to know what to do."

Lauren Meehan, who had been engaged to the defendant in 2014, said she knew about the debt because Mr Fitzgerald had contacted her through Facebook.

She agreed with defence counsel Caroline Biggs that Mr Fitzgerald wanted his money and he was "getting p****d off".

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

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