A 41-year-old man has gone on trial accused of murdering Eoin Boylan in Ennis, Co Clare two years ago.

Nassar Ahmed had denied murdering the 32-year-old on 14 April 2020 but has admitted manslaughter. His plea to manslaughter was not accepted by the State.

In his opening statement, Senior Counsel Lorcan Staines told the Central Criminal Court jury that Eoin 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 the accused man Nassar Ahmed called to the house.

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The court heard Mr Ahmed had moved to Ireland from Sudan in 2015 and had previously been in a relationship with the woman.

On the day of the killing, he had been in phone contact with the woman and was described by the prosecution as being angry and upset.

The jury was told that Eoin Boylan came out of the house and there were words between him and Mr Ahmed. What happened next was witnessed by a number of people and captured on CCTV.

Nassar Ahmed had previously been in a relationship with the woman, the court was told (file pic)

Prosecuting Counsel Lorcan Staines said Eoin Boylan was hit three times and fell quickly to the ground. He said it turned out he had injuries to his body consistent with stab wounds and very quickly at the scene he bled out with a collapsed lung.

A pathologist formed the view he had been stabbed to death.

The jury was told the accused has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter and the issue of self defence will have to be considered.

The trial before Ms Justice Eileen Creedon and a jury is expected to last a number of weeks.