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Murder accused 'was dropped off ex-girlfriend's estate'

Published 01/12/2008

The trial of a Tipperary man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend has heard that he was dropped off at her estate by taxi in the early hours of the morning in question.

Thirty-year-old Alex Freiberg, of Bridgewater House, Clonmel, denies murdering Kieran Cambridge at Carrigeen Close, Clonmel, on September 16th, 2007.

Leonard Devine told the court he runs a hackney service in Clonmel and that, at around 2am on September 16th last year, he received a call from Alex Freiberg, who he said he knew since he was a child.

He said Mr Freiberg asked him to collect him at Bridgewater House and, when Mr Devine got there, he said the accused wanted to go to The Wilderness, an estate on the other side of town.

He confirmed that the general area was known as The Wilderness, but the Carrigean estate was part of it and the court has already heard this was where Catherine Shanahan, his ex-girlfriend, lived.

He said the accused told him he had bottles of wine, but Mr Devine said he didn't notice that Mr Freiberg had anything else with him when he dropped him off.

It is alleged that Mr Freiberg was unhappy about the new relationship his ex had with the dead man and arrived at her house armed with two knives after sending a number of threatening text messages and stabbed Kieran Cambridge.

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