Murder trial hears how accused checked into bed and breakfast in the middle of the night
A murder trial has heard that the accused checked into a bed and breakfast in the middle of the night when he’s alleged to have murdered a homeless man, who had €150,000.
The B&B’s receptionist was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court this morning in the trial of another homeless man, charged with murdering Gerard Donnelly in a the Phoenix Park, in Dublin in 2013.
The court heard that Gardaí found the 36-year-old’s body on fire in the early hours of November 29th, 2013. The father of one died of blunt force trauma to the head before being set alight. He had almost €150,000 in cash and in a bank just weeks earlier.
Ciaran Moran (29), with an address at Camden Hall, Camden Street in Dublin has pleaded not guilty to murdering the Dubliner at an unknown time during November 28th or 29th, 2013.
The court heard yesterday that he was a ‘no show’ at his hostel on November 28th and the jury heard this morning that he checked into a Dublin B&B in the middle of that night.
Maciej Szczupaczynski testified that he was working the night shift in the Durban B&B on Gardiner Street that night.
He said that three people checked in together some time between 2am and 4am on November 29th. The two men and one woman had not pre-booked and shared a room.
He confirmed from a room list that Ciaran Patrick Moran was one of these people. He identified the check-in form in Mr Moran’s name and confirmed that he had paid €120 in cash.
He also identified the copy he had made of Mr Moran’s public service card, when he had asked for identification. He said that he had looked at the photo on the card and was satisfied that it was the person handing it to him.
He said he didn’t smell any alcohol or see any injuries and that the guests were making jokes with each other.
The trial continues this afternoon before Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan and a jury of nine men and three women.