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Thursday 18 September 2014

Woman had sex with man moments after he murdered her partner, Dublin murder trial told

Anne Sharkey

Published 29/01/2014 | 18:31

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Barbara Staunton was giving evidence at the Central Criminal Court
Barbara Staunton was giving evidence at the Central Criminal Court

A WOMAN has told a murder trial she had sex with the man who murdered her partner minutes beforehand.

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Barbara Staunton was giving evidence at the Central Criminal Court in the trial of a man charged with murdering her 53-year-old partner and concealing his body in a wardrobe.

Anthony Locke (35), from Prussia Street, Dublin 7, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Christopher Jackson on September 7, 2012.

Brother of the accused, Bernard Locke (41), from Ramillies Road Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty earlier this week to the murder of Mr Jackson.

Ms Staunton told the trial that she had sex with Bernard Locke shortly after the death of her partner.

She claimed Bernard Locke told his brother to clean up, before asking Ms Staunton for a kiss.

"Bernard asked me to have sex with him in the bedroom. He brought me into the bedroom and had sex for about 10 minutes,” she said.

Earlier in her testimony, Ms Staunton told the court she had warned her partner not to answer the door on the night of his death.

“There was a knock on the door and I said ‘don’t answer it’. Christy opened the door and I heard Anthony and Bernard asking if they could come in and have a few drinks.”

“One of them said ‘where’s the hash you owe me’ and Christy came back with a knife sticking out of his chest.

“I jumped up screaming and shouting and Anthony grabbed me. Bernard was holding him (Christopher) and bringing him into the kitchen.”

“Anthony grabbed my two arms and had a small knife – he said ‘shut up shut up you’re next’.”

“I last saw him (Christopher) lying on the kitchen floor at the sink. Bernard came out of the kitchen and said to Anthony ‘go finish him off’. I thought I was next.”

Ms Staunton went on to say that the brother of the accused, Bernard, had asked Anthony to clean up and had asked her to have sex with him.

“Bernard kept asking where the bandages are – his hand was fairly cut and he put a tea towel around it.

“He (Bernard) kept asking me for a kiss. Bernard said to Anthony to get the cleaning stuff to clean up.

“Bernard asked me to have sex with him in the bedroom. He brought me into the bedroom and had sex for about 10 minutes.”

“They kept me beside them and said I had to say ‘no comment’ or else I'm going down with them. I was sitting there shaking but going along with them because I was afraid of my life.”

“Anthony said ‘remember the scissor sisters, we are the scissor brothers’ to Bernard.”

The court heard that Ms Staunton had been addicted to heroin at the time and that she had smoked heroin with Christy and her son hours before the murder took place.

Ms Staunton went on to say that she had continued drinking with Anthony and Bernard without telling anyone what had happened because she was too afraid. Her sister had called around and Anthony and Bernard told her to ‘act normal’.

The trial which is expected to last two weeks, continues before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and a jury of three women and nine men.

Irish Independent

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