A 41-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering his former partner's boyfriend in County Clare two years ago.

Nassar Ahmed had denied murdering Eoin Boylan at Cloughleigh, Ennis, Co Clare, on 14 April 2020 but was found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court today.

Mr Boylan, aged 32, was stabbed to death.

Ahmed had admitted manslaughter but his plea was not accepted by the State. He faces the mandatory term of life in prison and will be sentenced next month.

In his opening statement, Senior Counsel Lorcan Staines told the jury that Mr Boylan was living with a woman he knew from his school days in Ennis during the first Covid-19 lockdown. They had rekindled their friendship the previous year and began a relationship.

On 14 April 2020 Nassar Ahmed called to the house. He had moved to Ireland from Sudan in 2015 and had previously been in a relationship with the woman.

On the day of the murder he had been in phone contact with the woman and was described in court as being angry and upset. The jury was told that Mr Boylan came out of the house and there were words between him and Ahmed.

Mr Boylan was stabbed three times, fell to the ground and died at the scene.

The attack, described as "a sneak attack," was witnessed by a number of people and captured on CCTV.

The court heard that Ahmed had invited Mr Boylan to a fist fight while he had a knife hidden in his pocket and CCTV footage showed the victim retreating from the attack.

Ahmed claimed he had acted in self defence but after two hours and five minutes deliberation today, the jury rejected this and unanimously found him guilty of murder.

Ms Justice Eileen Creedon remanded Nassar Ahmed in custody for sentencing on 26 July when Mr Boylan's family will also have an opportunity to make a statement to the court.