Thursday 19 October 2017

Blood on accused teenager matched pensioner found dead in home, court told

Natasha Reid

THE blood of a pensioner discovered unconscious in his home was found on the shoe of the teenager on trial for his murder.

A forensic scientist was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court today in the trial of the Leitrim teenager charged with murdering the 73-year-old.



Brendan McGovern, (19) of Killahurk, Carrigallen, Co Cavan has pleaded not guilty to the murder of John Golden on October 6, 2010. He has claimed that Mr Golden had sexually abused him as a boy and that he ‘lost control’ when he went to his house and confront him.



Mr Golden was rushed to Cavan General Hospital on September 7, after being found under his bed in his prefabricated house in Nedd, Doogarry, Killeshandra.



He was hospitalised with injuries to his head and anus, and died a month later from hospital-related complications.



Dr David Casey testified today that he examined a number of items as part of the investigation into the assault.



The forensic scientist told the six men and five women of the jury that he found small bloodstains on Mr McGovern’s right shoe. He said the DNA profile in the blood matched that of Mr Golden.



He said he found semen on the seat area of Mr Golden’s trousers, but explained that it was not forensically possible to determine when semen is deposited.



His colleague, Sandra McGrath, extracted a DNA profile from the semen and it matched an unknown male.



She agreed with Patrick Gageby SC, defending, that the gardai then went out and got DNA samples from 13 people. The profile in the semen matched one of these samples, she said.



Sgt Patrick Tobin, of Ballyconnell Garda Station, said that in 1994 he received a complaint from a parent that young teenaged boys were visiting Mr Golden’s home to watch pornography.



The sergeant said he searched Mr Golden’s home and seized 32 video recordings.



He said that four of these videos fell into the meaning of Section 3 of the Video Recordings Act, which stated that their viewing ‘would tend, by reason of the inclusion in it of obscene or indecent matter, to deprave or corrupt persons who might view it’.



He said Mr Golden made a full admission to showing the tapes, and Sgt Tobin sent a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions. However, no prosecution was brought.



Sgt Tobin said no complaints about Mr Golden had been made to his garda station after that.



“Obviously there were rumours, but I received no complaints,” he said under cross-examination by Mr Gageby.



Mr Gageby asked him to give the names of the boys who had been watching the pornography in Mr Golden’s home.



“My Lord, do I have to give the names?” he asked Mr Justice Paul Carney. “Those names were given to me in confidence at the time.”



He wasn’t asked again.



The exhibits officer in the case later identified a number of pornographic DVDs and empty video boxes found in the dead man’s home.



Garda Rachel Duignan agreed with the defence that one of the empty video boxes featured a picture of two men engaging in sexual activity, while another bore the words: ‘Men Only’.



The prosecution has now closed its case and the defence has indicated that it will be calling an expert witness tomorrow morning.

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