A 38-year-old man has been cleared of murdering but convicted of killing his housemate, who had failed to bring home ribs from the butcher.
The Central Criminal Court trial heard that both men had spent the day drinking with another man in their house in Laois.
The killer sent his 26-year-old housemate out to buy cider and ribs that afternoon, but he arrived home without the ribs. His housemate became ‘offended’ when he would not go back out for them and stabbed him with a kitchen knife.
Alexander Karpovs, who was originally from Latvia, died of a single stab wound to the heart at his home on Spa Street in Portarlington on February 15th, 2014.
Deivydas Zigelis, a Lithuanian, had pleaded not guilty to his murder, but guilty to his manslaughter.
The court heard that both men worked as bin collectors during the week, but spent their weekends drinking alcohol at home.
The jurors saw photographs of their filthy house, the floors strewn with debris, broken crockery, drink cans and empty cigarette boxes. A garda testified that the only food he could see in the kitchen was a bag of sugar.
A friend of the two testified that he went to their house that morning because he couldn’t find any cider in his own home. They spent the day drinking; he and the deceased drank vodka and the accused drank cider.