Prosecutor Paddy McCarthy, sounding more like defense than prosecution, told the court that Saraâ€™s best friend Grace McKenna had been in the home the night of her death and had been concerned about her behavior. She added, â€œSara was fairly drunk at the time, she was grand on beer but couldnâ€™t handle [liquor].â€ She also revealed that Sara had thrown a computer at Ray and that that may have facilitated the events that unfolded.
Grace had stated that the two had been arguing for â€˜around two hoursâ€™ with two to three physical altercations occurring during that time. She added that she believed Sara had kicked Ray before he threw the cans of beer at her.
After the final fight, according to prosecutor McCarthy, Sara had gone to bed. It was the next morning when Ray tried to wake her up, but couldnâ€™t, that what had become of her was discovered. She was pronounced dead on December 14, 2013.
Although Ray was charged with murder, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The Director of Public Prosecutions at Dublinâ€™s Central Criminal Court accepted his plea.
Ray admitted hitting Sara and â€˜using his fist,â€™ but it was the beer cans that were determined to be the likely cause of death.
According to Ray, Saraâ€™s death being because of his own actions â€œwill haunt me for the rest of my life.â€
The judge, Paul Carney, remanded Ray to custody untilfor his sentencing.