The jury of seven men and five women has retired to consider its verdict in the trial of a 21-year-old Kerry man charged with the murder of another man at a house in Cahersiveen, Co Kerry in May last year.

Blake Sweeney, of 31 Fertha Drive, Cahersiveen, denies the murder of 33-year-old Robert Elston, of Lisselton, Co Kerry, at a house in Fertha Drive in the early hours of 23 May 2018.

Mr Elston died after being stabbed in the sitting room of the house that morning where he had been drinking and smoking with a number of others.

Witnesses gave evidence about how the accused man banged on the door of the house and entered the sitting room and stabbed the victim.

Members of the accused man's family told the court how the victim had earlier been outside their family home in the same estate shouting and making threats against Blake Sweeney.

A car belonging to his brother was also set in fire at the same time.

The accused man claimed in interviews with gardaí that the victim Robert or Bob Elston had ran at him with a hatchet.

In his charge to the jury at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Limerick, Mr Justice Tony Hunt said it could return a verdict of murder or manslaughter, or acquit, in accordance with the assessment of the evidence presented during the six day trial.

The jury has retired for the night and will resume its deliberations on Thursday morning.