A man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his father in Portlaw last year.
Stephen Butler appeared before the Central Criminal Court in Waterford this morning.
John Butler died following an altercation in the early hours of Saturday 11th January last year.
The 48-year-old was found inside the hallway of his house on Brown Street in Portlaw and attempts to resuscitate him by onlookers were unsuccessful.
His son Stephen Butler, with an address at Shielbaggan, Ramsgrange, Co Wexford was charged with his murder.
The 23-year-old told the court today that he was pleading not guilty to the charge of murder, but said he does plead guilty to manslaughter.
The trial will hear from several witnesses from Portlaw and is expected to last two weeks.