Man stabbed his best friend through heart during drunken fight at birthday party

A man who stabbed his best mate to death during a drunken fight at a birthday party has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Rian Farrell, 23, admitted plunging the kitchen knife into his childhood friend Liam Cahill's heart after asking him to leave the celebrations in May last year.

The Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia heard how Mr Cahill refused to go after getting into a confrontation with another guest.

Just moments before the fatal attack, the victim said: “You’re my best friend, why do I have to leave?”

The pair began to fight in the kitchen before Farrell reached for the blade, the court was told.

Farrell, from Melbourne, thrust the knife into his pal's chest, piercing Mr Cahill's heart and lung.\

The victim managed to leave the apartment, but collapsed and died in the corridor.

Farrell confessed what he had done to two friends before finding his buddy lying in the hallway.

“Please don’t die. It can’t be true,” Farrell said while standing over the body.

In a desperate panic, Farrell climbed down two stories from the property's balcony and broke into another apartment before leaving the block.

He was arrested outside the building soon after.

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Farrell then told officers what he had done, that he didn't mean to do it and wasn't sure how it happened.

“My life’s f*****,” he said.

“I’m going to jail, please sir can I have a cigarette?” he added.

“This isn’t happening.”

Peter Matthews, defending, told the court his client grabbed the blade in the “heat of the moment” after seeing Mr Cahill reach for a bottle.

His actions were “excessive self-defence”, Mr Matthews added.

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“He can hear his friend screaming and see blood on the walls,” Mr Matthews said.

Farrell, who has spent more than a year in custody, was initially charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

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