Woman was caught on camera with body
Published 07/12/2010 | 05:00
A WOMAN was caught on CCTV helping a killer dispose of the body of a man he had just killed in her home.
Sinead Geraghty (24) helped Stephen Penrose to bundle the body of David Sharkey into the boot of his own BMW after Penrose stabbed him to death -- and she also helped to clean up the crime scene.
A court yesterday heard details of how she was in contact with the victim by text while the killer was buying the knife used in the fatal stabbing.
Geraghty, of Parkview, Blackcastle, Navan, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to assisting an offender on May 17, 2009. She will be sentenced next week.
Penrose was later found guilty of manslaughter after being tried for murder. He was jailed for nine years.
Detective Garda Shane Curran told Geraghty's sentencing hearing that Penrose became a suspect after Mr Sharkey's body was found in the boot of his car in Dunsink Lane in Finglas.
Gardai knew that Penrose had a connection with Geraghty and went to her home.
Det Gda Curran said she became distraught and distressed and he described her as "fearful and troubled". She volunteered a statement about how Mr Sharkey had died there at the hands of Penrose.
At the instruction of Penrose, she got in touch with the deceased by text message that day in order to buy heroin. She texted Penrose at about 3pm to say Mr Sharkey was on his way but he told her to put him off until he was ready. He was actually buying a carving knife in Tesco at this time.
She and Penrose were in her apartment at 8.30pm when Mr Sharkey arrived. CCTV footage showed Penrose go outside 20 minutes later and reverse the car to the front door of her apartment. Mr Sharkey was now dead and Geraghty helped Penrose put his body into the boot before Penrose drove it to Dublin.
Later CCTV footage showed Geraghty and Penrose go to waste ground near her apartment. The carving knife was later found there.
Geraghty also admitted cleaning up blood stains in her apartment and the disposal of incriminating items.
She told detectives that Penrose had wanted to weigh the heroin in her hall and she had left both men on the stairs to her apartment. She said she ran out and saw Penrose approach him with the knife and Mr Sharkey throw the drugs at him.
Penrose told his own trial that he had planned to steal Mr Sharkey's heroin but the plan went wrong when Mr Sharkey produced a knife and demanded his drugs back.
Mr Justice Paul Carney adj-ourned sentencing for a week.