A teenager accused of murder acted in fear during a “terrifying brawl” in a Dundrum park in South Dublin after seeing his friend being being beaten and kicked on the ground, a barrister has told the Central Criminal Court.
Michael Bowman SC said the 17-year-old accused, who cannot be named, said his client believed he was acting in self-defence and should be found guilty of manslaughter and not murder.
A fight had “spiralled out of control” because of youthful male posturing, fear, adrenaline, immaturity and lack of judgement by a lot of people, but principally the accused, said Mr Bowman.
However, James Dwyer SC, for the prosecution, said the boy showed a “clear intent” to kill or cause serious harm when he stabbed Azzam Raguragui (18) in the chest and back.
His behaviour, counsel said, before, during and after showed a “clear intent”. His statement to the Garda was a “hastily prepared work of fiction that does not hold up to even the slightest scrutiny”, the court heard.