Jury Begins Deliberations In Kilkee Murder Trial

The jury has begun its deliberations in the trial of a 23 year old man who is accused of murdering another man in Co Clare.

Robbie Walsh of Island View, Kilrush denies murdering Karl Haugh and claims it was self-defence.

Stephanie Rohan reports.

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25 year old Karl Haugh – who went by the nickname Gobbo – was stabbed once in the back at the Marian estate in Kilkee in August 2017 and later died from his injuries.

Robbie Walsh admits stabbing him but claims it was self-defence.

He told gardai he believed Karl Haugh and some other men had beaten up his cousin Clinton so he said he said he went down to the estate with Clinton and his other cousin Mitchell to smash up his car.

Robbie Walsh said he believed Karl Haugh had dropped a knife and he picked it up and stabbed him after he said had been dragged around ‘like a ragdoll.’

Before the jurors began the deliberations, Judge Carmel Stewart told them, there are three verdicts open to them: Guilty of murder, guilty of manslaughter or an acquittal.

She said she required a unanimous verdict.