A Mayo teenager has told his brother’s murder trial that the accused was high and ‘absolutely schizo about his drugs disappearing’ hours before he killed their mother.
Ferdia Eadon (19) was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court today in the trial of his older brother, Celyn Eadon.
The 22-year-old of Derrycrieve, Islandeady, Castlebar admits the manslaughter of Noreen Kelly at that address on March 9, 2011. However, he has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 46-year-old, who died of multiple stab wounds.
Ferdia Eadon gave his evidence via live television link, after Mr Justice Paul Carney told the jury that matricide was an extremely rare form of homicide and extremely traumatic for those involved.
The teenager testified that the accused had been acting strange the morning before his mother was killed.
“He seemed to be high on drugs,” he recalled. “He had been high for the past couple of days. He seemed to be acting very strange.”
He said his mother had to phone their father, from whom she was separated, and ask him to come to the house that night. She had also called her brother to the house that evening because the accused had been setting fires.
“He lit a socket on fire and that scared her,” recalled Mr Eadon.
Also that day, he saw his mother throw drugs into the fire. She had found them in his brother’s room, he said.
“He started asking had I taken them or had she taken them. She asked me not to tell,” he continued. “She was a small bit fearful in all honesty.”
Mr Eadon said his mother rang him when he was out for a walk later that evening.
“She told me he was going mental, tearing up the house,” he said. “He was going absolutely schizo about his drugs disappearing.”
He said good night to his mother around 10.30pm and was in his brother’s room before going to bed.
“He was saying people were putting nerve gas into the house and that he wanted to get an alien,” he said.
“I didn’t think Celyn would sleep that night because he was very stimulated,” he said. “He came into my room, harassing me, asking me to stay up with him.”
Mr Eadon said he told his older brother that he had to go to sleep because he had school in the morning.
“I regret that to this day, not waiting up with him, but I sent him out,” he explained.
“I was woken up by the sound of muffled screaming and a door banging,” recalled the teenager. “I found my Mum slumped down on the floor. There was a pool of blood around her. She told me to call an ambulance. She could barely speak.”
He said there was a lot of blood on her face and that he moved her to her bed. He dialled 999 and was told to get a towel to put pressure on her wound.
“As I was getting the towel, I saw there was a fire in the conservatory. I put out the fire,” he said. “As I came back in, she was very quiet. She slipped away then.”
Under cross-examination by Ann Rowland SC, defending, he said that his mother had tried ringing various people for help that evening, including the gardai.
“I think the guards said to bring him in but, being a mother, she didn’t want him to go to prison,” he explained.
“He was on about aliens that day. I knew he was tripping out in some way,” he said.
The trial continues before a jury of seven men and five women.