Wednesday 20 September 2017

Accused abused by victim as a teenager, court told

Natasha Reid

A TEENAGER charged with murdering a 73-year-old man told investigating gardai the pensioner had sexually abused him when he was younger.

Brendan McGovern (19) has pleaded not guilty to murdering John Golden on October 6, 2010, in Co Cavan -- but told gardai he had assaulted the pensioner.

The Central Criminal Court heard that the pensioner was found unconscious a month earlier in his prefabricated house in the rural area of Nedd, Doogarry, Killeshandra.

Sergeant Gabriel Bell said yesterday he and a colleague went to Mr McGovern's home on September 10 that year as part of their investigation into an assault on Mr Golden.

"He was very quiet, very sullen and very withdrawn," said the sergeant. "He said he was in the pub and a few places like that and was home at 9pm."

However, his parents confirmed that he wasn't home until 2.45am on September 7.

Pub

"We were aware that he'd had a suicide attempt two days earlier. We asked why he was so down," said Sgt Bell.

"He said he did know John Golden. He said to us that he had been sexually abused by John Golden."

Mr McGovern, of Killahurk, Carrigallen, said the pensioner carried out the abuse in various places, including a pub, when he was 13 or 14. He had never told anyone about the abuse, he said.

The sergeant said that the then 17-year-old garage assistant told them of the pubs he'd been in on September 6.

"He had been drinking most of the afternoon," he said.

He said that at one stage he saw Mr Golden outside a pub in which he was drinking and that he was smiling in the window at him.

He said that he stopped at Mr Golden's house on his way home later. "He was outside. It was dark," said the teenager. "He said: 'Come in to the room for a minute'. I went in to give him a slap. I was fed up with his taunting."

Hit

He said he followed the pensioner into his bedroom and that Mr Golden took off his trousers before going into the kitchen to get a condom.

"He bent over for me to have sex with him. I thumped him with my fist on the arse as hard as I could," he continued. "I put it (the condom) on my hand before I hit him. I wouldn't touch the dirty c**t anyway."

Sgt Bell had asked him how he felt when he heard the pensioner was in hospital.

"Not too good," he replied. "But I got my own back anyway."

Sgt Bell agreed with Patrick Gageby, defending, that the gardai had asked a number of other young men about suggestions of impropriety regarding Mr Golden.

He agreed that those questions "hadn't come from nowhere".

He said he also knew that gardai had, years earlier, seized videos from Mr Golden's home that he had been showing to teenage boys.

"We were looking for a person who had a grievance against him," he explained.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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