10/20/2015 18:58 EDT | Updated 10/20/2016 01:12 EDT

Final arguments made at trial of man accused of killing new neighbour

CALGARY — The case of a man who stabbed his new neighbour 37 times is now in the hands of the judge.

Final arguments were made Tuesday at the trial of Nicolas Rasberry, 32, who is on trial for second-degree murder in the death of Craig Kelloway, 31.

The defence maintains the killing was an act of self-defence, with Rasberry testifying that Kelloway threatened to sexually assault him and his wife.

The prosecution argues Rasberry, who didn’t testify during the trial, has not sufficiently explained why he needed to use three knives or why the attack was so vicious.

A verdict is to be rendered on Oct. 28.

The two men and their wives met for the first time on the day Kelloway was killed, getting together as new neighbours for a few drinks and a barbecue.

Later that night, Rasberry made a call to 911, saying he’d stabbed Kelloway and telling the operator that Kelloway had "tried to have sex" with him after their wives had gone to bed.

Rasberry later told investigators he acted in self-defence.

“There was a knife block and I grabbed a knife and I stabbed him," he told police in an interview. "Reached around and got him in the back a couple times.

“I made the decision to defend myself but I felt like I had to put him down. The last thing I wanted for him is for him to die, the last thing.”

Detective Trish Allen questioned why Rasberry felt he needed to use three knives to prevent Kelloway from acting out on his threats.

“His injuries are really bad,” she told Rasberry during the interview. “He’s got multiple stab wounds. He’s been eviscerated; his bowel’s hanging out.”

During the trial, the medical examiner said that Kelloway was stabbed 37 times and his chest cavity, lungs, ribs, intestine, and diaphragm were punctured in the attack. The expert said the incident was so violent that knife fragments, including the tip, were left in Kelloway’s body.

(CTV Calgary)