A court’s heard a man on trial for murder spoke to gardai in his boxers and with a snake in his hands a short time after the alleged attack.
29 year old Thomas O’Connor of Burnaby Court in Greystones admits hitting his friend John O'Brien with a rock in Delgany on June the 4th 2010.
But he denies the murder charge.
This afternoon the court heard from two men who saw the deceased John O’Brien at around 7pm that night and they said he was drunk.
The jury was told John O’Brien was saying something about ‘rats getting sliced in Wheatfield’’ and he then punched one of the men for no reason.
The men agreed the accused Thomas O’Connor shouted at John O’Brien to leave them alone.
One of the men agreed the deceased was aggressive and wanted to fight everyone he came into contact with that evening.
The jury also heard from the accused’s former partner Ellen Lyons.
She told gardai Thomas O’Connor came home after midnight that night and she could tell he was being drinking.
She was annoyed and didn’t want to speak to him.
The court heard a short while later she saw Thomas O’Connor outside speaking to gardai and he was in his boxer shorts and had his pet snake in his hands.
She agreed this behaviour was a bit strange.