A Waterford murder trial has heard there was a blood-like substance on the front door where a 90-year-old man was found dead.
The body of retired farmer Paddy Lyons was found at his home in Lismore two years ago.
The court has already heard 90-year-old Paddy Lyons, who lived alone, was found dead at his home in Ballysaggart, Lismore in Waterford in February 2017.
A Detective Garda, Joe Wyse, told the jury he arrived at the scene and noticed a damaged padlock at the entrance to his property.
He also saw skid marks on the ground.
When he arrived at the house itself the detective said he saw an elderly male slumped in a chair facing the entrance.
He said there appeared to be a blood-like substance on the door to the house, the front and rear window and on a phone.
He told the jury one of the paramedics told him there was a deep laceration to the head of the deceased man.
28-year-old Ross Outram of Ferryland, Waterford Road, Clonmel in Tipperary has pleaded not guilty to murder.