Garda Sergeant tells court murder scene appears to have been ‘staged’

One of the lead investigators in a Sligo murder case has told the Central Criminal Court the way the victim’s body was found appeared to have been staged.

Keith Brady of Cartron Estate in Sligo admits killing a local musician in 2015 but denies his murder claiming he didn’t intend to hurt him.

When Gardaí arrived at Martin ‘Matt’ Kivlehan’s home on Holborn St. in Sligo town on August 3rd 2015, Sergeant Ciaran Diffily told the jury the apartment appeared to have been ransacked, but he said there were no signs of forced entry.

Mr. Kivlehan’s body was found lying on the floor of the living room.

He said he could see a wound on the left hand side of the 59-year-old musician’s neck and his arm lay diagonally across his chest.

On closer inspection, Detective Garda Fiona Maguire said there was a steak knife under his right hand.

She said he wasn’t gripping it and Sergeant Diffily said it appeared to be staged.

The knife was shown to the jurors this afternoon. It had a 3inch blade. A larger bread knife taken from the scene was also shown to them.

30-year-old Keith Brady has pleaded guilty to Mr. Kivlehan’s manslaughter but NOT guilty to his murder.