Murder trial is told of 'rape text' to accused
A Man accused of murdering a pensioner received a text message saying the deceased was a rapist before he was allegedly beaten to death, a court heard.
Matthew Cummins (22), of Churchview Heights, Edenderry, Co Offaly, is one of three men accused of murdering 64-year-old Thomas "Toddy" Dooley with a baseball bat at his home in Sr Senan Court, Edenderry, Co Offaly on February 12, 2014.
Cummins and his co-accused Sean Davy (21) of Clonmullen Drive, Edenderry, Co Offaly, and James Davy (25) of Thornhill Meadows, Celbridge, Co Kildare, have all pleaded not guilty.
Detective Garda Joe Hughes told prosecuting counsel Patrick Treacy SC that during an interview with Matthew Cummins on June 10, 2014, at Tullamore Garda Station, gardai asked Mr Cummins why Toddy Dooley was killed.
Mr Cummins said he asked Sean Davy why he had attacked the elderly man, and Sean Davy replied: "He raped my cousin."
The court has already heard Mr Cummins told gardai he saw Sean Davy hit Mr Dooley repeatedly with a baseball bat.
Gardai told Mr Cummins his co-accused James Davy had received a text message from Chloe McBride, a girl they both knew as Toddy Dooley's granddaughter. The text read: "Toddy a rapist. I never going there again."
Gardai said this suggested a motive for the attack and that it was pre-planned. Mr Cummins said he didn't know anything about the text and that he had no idea Mr Dooley would be attacked. The trial continues.