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Dublin man on trial for murder of man found concealed in wardrobe to be sentenced at later date

Published 28/01/2014 | 18:35

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The deceased had been stabbed to death at his home on Prussia Street
The deceased had been stabbed to death at his home on Prussia Street

A 36-year old Dublin man has gone on trial charged with the murder of a man whose body was found wrapped up and concealed in a wardrobe in September 2012.

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Anthony Locke, from Prussia Street has pleaded not guilty to murdering Christopher Jackson (53) on the 7 September 2012.

Brother of the accused, Bernard Locke, pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Jackson this morning at the Central Criminal Court and will be sentenced at a later date.

Conor Devally SC, prosecuting, opened the trial for the jury earlier today.

He told the court that the deceased had been stabbed to death at his home on Prussia Street.

The court heard that the accused lived in the flat above Christopher Jackson and that there had been drugs present in the house of the accused on the night in question.

“Mr Jackson died from multiple infliction of stab wounds – causing death or serious harm.”

“On the 7th (Sep ‘2012) Mr Jackson was safely inside his flat with his partner Barbara  Staunton when there was a knocking at the door.”

“He stumbled backward from the two men at the door and had a large knife sticking out of his chest. She (Barbara Staunton) was restrained by one and Mr Jackson was engineered into the kitchen. What occurred next was that the two men swapped places and she was restrained by the other – she could not see.”

The court then heard that in the aftermath, attempts were made to conceal and tidy up the following day.

“Injuries to the late Mr Jacksons body were many and his body was found in a wardrobe concealed and wrapped up in vigorous fashion.”

The prosecutor told the jury that Anthony Locke lived with another man and that they received visits ‘on a casual basis’ from Bernard Locke who has pleaded guilty to murdering Christopher Jackson.

On Thursday the 6th of September 2012, a deal of interaction took place in which the accused is said to have had access to drugs.

“Possible drink was had and drugs were dabbled in – certainly they were present in the ( accused) house.”

The trial, which is expected to last two weeks, continues before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and a jury of 3 women and 9 men.

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