Friday 30 September 2016

Father-of-one told gardai that uncle he'd shot dead got into bed with him as a child, court hears

Natasha Reid

Published 30/06/2015 | 13:23

Edward O'Connor
Edward O'Connor

A man, who shot his uncle dead, told gardai that the deceased had got into bed with him when he was a child.

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A jury heard the evidence in the trial of father-of-one David Cully, who has admitted killing Edward O’Connor by shooting him in his back.

The 24-year-old claimed he shot him ‘in the heat of the moment’ after Mr O’Connor commented about somebody who had made an allegation of sexual abuse against him (the deceased). The court heard that the allegation was investigated, but the DPP had decided not to prosecute.

Cully of Kilshane Road, Finglas West has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 41-year-old but guilty to his manslaughter at Ballycoolin Road, Finglas West on Sunday, December 15 2013.

He is currently on trial at the Central Criminal Court, where Detective Sergeant Gavin Ross has been giving evidence of interviews conducted with him following his arrest.

The detective testified that Cully told detectives that he and his uncle had attended a fist fight between two other men at his grandparents’ yard on Ballycoolin Road that day.

He said that they were going their separate ways afterwards, when his uncle told him to ‘tell the red pox I was asking for her’. He said that the deceased had been referring to the complainant of sexual abuse and that he had said it to rile him up.

The gardai put it to him that his reaction, shooting him, was excessive.

“If everybody in the world reacted like you did, what kind of world would this be?” asked one detective.

“Yeah, but not everyone got sexually abused,” replied Cully.

He was asked what he meant.

“I mean me,” he responded.

He said that he hadn’t actually been sexually abused, but claimed that his uncle had tried to get into his bed when he was younger.

“I got out,” he said.

The trial continues this afternoon before Mr Justice Carroll Moran and a jury of seven women and five men.

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