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Monday 28 July 2014

Accused man's fingerprints found at Limerick murder scene, court hears

Anne Sharkey

Published 15/01/2014|19:20

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A court has heard that the fingerprints of a Limerick man accused of murdering a pensioner with the handle of a sweeping brush, were found at the scene of the crime.

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Christopher McNamara (21) of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell road in Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Boyce (71) at St Munchins Street, St Mary’s Park in Limerick between March 6 2011 and March 7 2011.

Fingerprints found within the bedroom of the deceased James Boyce were found to match the accused Christopher McNamara.

Detective Wall told the court that he was in no doubt that marks left on the bedroom wardrobe and a document in the bedroom of the deceased, were made by the accused Christopher McNamara.

“I found a mark on a Department of Social and Family Affairs receipt dated March 4th in the bedroom of James Boyce.”

“Upon further examination, I found the mark was made by the right thumb of Christopher McNamara.”

“I am in no doubt that a mark on the side of wardrobe in back bedroom  was made by middle left finger of Christopher McNamara.”

The jury were shown CCTV footage tracing the steps of the accused between March 6th and March 7th.

Detective Garda Louise O’Loughlin of the Garda Technical Bureau’s ballistics section told the court of a number of blood stained items that she seized from the house of the deceased James Boyce.

“On entering the rear bedroom, I observed a pair of jeans which appeared to be bloodstained with a wooden broom handle from a brush situated on top of the pair of jeans.”

“I observed a brush head with green bristles with an area of damage to the brush head.”

“I observed the body of a deceased male with injuries to the upper body and head area and a large fragment of wood with blood staining on the deceased mans chest.”

Detective O’Loughlin confirmed that there was blood on the mattress and that she also observed a green jacket that had blood stains on the left arm area and a blood stained shirt.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and a jury of seven men and five women.

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