He slit his throat. It’s a horror scene. He must have stabbed him 40 or 50 times’ – Central Criminal Court hears dramatic evidence in murder trial
A murder trial has heard that a Dublin man received in excess of 70 stab wounds before his body was concealed in a bedroom wardrobe.
Conor Devally SC, prosecuting, was reading from garda interviews that took place with the accused in the days following the death of Christopher Jackson.
Anthony Locke (35), from Prussia Street in Dublin 7, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Christopher Jackson (53) on the 7 September 2012.
Brother of the accused, Bernard Locke (41), from Ramillies Road Ballyfermot, is awaiting sentence after pleading guilty last week to the murder of Mr Jackson.
Mr Devally read an admission made by the accused to Detective Sergeant Dennis Everett on 9 September 2012 that he had dragged the body of the deceased from the kitchen to the wardrobe.
“I heard a load of screaming and Bernard said he stabbed him. He had a fork and a knife. I seen Christy on the ground and blood pumping out of him.”
“Christy was struggling – he struggled to the back door and opened it. Bernard slit his throat. It’s a horror scene. I can still see his eyes staring at me. He must have stabbed him 40 or 50 times.”
“I said ‘you’re a mad bastard’ – you shouldn’t have done that – you’re after taking a man’s life. He said he heard Christy saying he was going to shoot me. Babs [Barbara Staunton, the partner of the deceased] was screaming ‘why did you do it’.”
When asked if he had taken an active part in killing Christopher Jackson, Anthony had replied ‘no’.
“He told me to clean up the flat or he would kill me stone dead. I did, otherwise he was going to stick a knife in my heart. There was blood everywhere in the house – the sitting room, kitchen, shower room. He told me to clean the carpet or he’d stick the knife in my chest.”
“He told me to lift it (the deceased) up and bring it in – I dragged it from the kitchen to the wardrobe. I nearly snapped my back doing it. There was blood everywhere. I was crying – he was a sound fella.”
“He told me he stabbed him in the heart – his last words were ‘Babs help’”
The jury heard from another interview with gardai that the accused had visited the flat of the deceased on a number of occasions before the night of the murder.
In an interview, Anthony Locke said that he had been in the flat around 10 times.
“You could hear them fighting from upstairs every second or third day. She (Barbara Staunton) told me before that he kept hitting her.”
When asked if there was something going on between his brother Bernard and Barbara Staunton, the accused had said that there was something going on there.
“He (Bernard) told me he had kissed Babs before I think. There was obviously something going on there.”
Karen O’Connor BL, prosecuting, read from an interview, which took place with Garda Kevin Moran on 10 September 2012 in which Anthony Locke describes how he locked himself in the bathroom of his flat hours after the incident to avoid his brother Bernard.
“I locked myself in the bathroom – he told me he would kick the door down.”
Ms O’Connor read that after leaving the bathroom, the accused man said Bernard had started making phonecalls to get rid of the body.
“He started making phonecalls to people to get rid of the body. Before that, he told me he was going to put it in a hole in the Wicklow Mountains. I told him he was a sick bastard – it won’t be me going down, it will be you.”
Ms O’Connor read that when asked how Christopher Jackson had treated the accused he said that he owed him money.
“He owed me money – I said he could paint my flat and we would call it quits. It was three or four hundred quid for a power hose and television. He (Bernard) knew about it and asked me to get it because he had no money for drink.”
In a final interview carried out by Sergeant Everett and read by Conor Devally SC, prosecuting, Anthony Locke was questioned about the stab wounds received by the deceased.
Sergeant Everett had said ‘The post mortem shows there were in excess of 70 stab wounds – how many did you do’.
Anthony Locke had replied ‘none’.
The trial, which is expected to last two weeks, continues before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and a jury of three women and nine men.