The man accused of murdering veteran republican Francis ‘Bap’ McGreevy has admitted that he may have killed him.
However Thomas Valliday, from Lady Street in Belfast, also told Belfast Crown Court that he may not be responsible as he cannot remember the events of the night of March 15, 2008.
Valliday, who turned 22 last week, further claimed that he did not think himself “capable” of attacking Mr McGreevy in his Ross Street flat.
Earlier Valliday, who admitted he was on the run from the Young Offenders’ Centre at the time, said that while high on a cocktail of drink and drugs “you can’t remember anything ... they blank you out”.
He told his lawyer Philip Magee SC that he “can’t remember” anything that happened that day save for “scuffling” with the 51-year-old father of two outside his flat.
However, under cross-examination by prosecuting QC Gordon Kerr, Valliday accepted he remembered everything up until he had “legged it” after the scuffle with Mr McGreevy and later seeing two men.
Valliday claimed Mr McGreevy began dragging him across the ground and hitting him with a stick. “He was trying to pull me into his door... I don’t know if I went in or not, but I remember I hit him... I remember punching him and he fell in the back door.”
The trial continues.