A 21-year-old man has gone on trial for the murder of a man whose body was found in a field in Tyrrelstown in north Dublin three years ago.

Michael Kinsella, of Swiftbrook Close in Tallaght, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Adil Essalhi on 6 January 2011.

The Central Criminal Court heard it is alleged that Mr Kinsella was one of two men involved in the murder who also tried to dispose of the victim's body the following day.

The court heard that Mr Essalhi, a father-of-five, had been drinking in a pub in Parnell Street in Dublin city centre.

He then went back with Mr Kinsella and another man to an apartment in Tyrrelstown where they continued drinking.

The prosecution case is that at some point in the evening another man there came to believe that Mr Essalhi had killed a man he knew, Lee Kinsella, who had been murdered in Dublin three years earlier.

Senior Counsel Alex Owens said that man and Mr Kinsella inveigled Mr Essalhi out of the apartment.

Between 9pm and shortly after 9.30pm that night, he said they killed Mr Essalhi in the fields behind the complex using a knife, which was never recovered, and a machete, which was later found near the body.

The following day, Mr Owens said, the two men returned to the scene and tried to dispose of the body by burning it with petrol.

The trial before Mr Justice Paul Carney is expected to last two weeks.