A man who fatally stabbed his housemate in the heart when they rowed about food during a drinking binge has been jailed for five years.
Deivydas Zigelis, a 39-year-old Lithuanian, was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter of Alexander Karpovs (26) by a jury in June this year.
Mr 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.
Sentencing Zigelis to seven years at the Central Criminal Court, with the final two years suspended, Mr Justice Paul Butler said when a “human being is stabbed to death in such circumstances … the charge should be murder”.
However, the judge acknowledged t the manslaughter conviction had been the correct one as the crime was “clearly not a premeditated killing”.
During the trial, jurors were shown photographs taken inside the house the dead man and his killer shared. The images showed the floors had been littered with debris, broken crockery, drink cans and empty cigarette boxes.
At a previous hearing, the Central Criminal Court heard how Zigelis told gardaí “I killed my friend. I am a bad man” shortly after his arrest.
During that hearing last month, Mr Justice Butler was told Zigelis had admitted to the killing inside Portarlington Garda station hours.