Thursday 18 December 2014

Woman who had sex with her partner’s killer moments after he was stabbed to death didn’t tell gardai, court hears

Anne Sharkey

Published 31/01/2014 | 12:30

A WOMAN who had sex with her partner’s killer moments after he was stabbed to death did not admit her actions when first interviewed by gardai, a court has heard.

In testimony at the Central Criminal Court Barbara Staunton admitted that she had initially tried to hide the sex from gardai who were questioning her about her relationship with Bernard Locke (41), who has pleaded guilty to the murder of her partner Christopher Jackson (53).

Ms Staunton was giving evidence at the trial of Bernard’s brother, Anthony Locke (35), from Prussia Street, who has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Jackson on September 7, 2012.

The court heard that Ms Staunton had received threats from Christopher Jackson weeks before he was murdered.

In cross examination Ms Staunton confirmed to defence counsel Padraig Dwyer that the accused had known that the deceased had put his hands around her neck.

“I think Anto knew about it. I had marks on my neck,” she said. “Christy had taken zimmos and drink and said he was going to kill me. I told people to shame him,” the court heard her say.

In an interview read by the defence, Ms Staunton told gardai that when speaking to her son on the Friday morning after Christopher Jackson was murdered, she had said she thought both of the accused men had been responsible for his death.

In another interview, Ms Staunton had said that there had been some conflict between Christopher Jackson and Bernard Locke.

“Christopher did not want Bernard in the flat anymore,” she said.

When asked if she knew Bernard Locke was attracted to her, Ms Staunton said he had told her on the night of the murder, adding “he winked at me before that”.

When it was put to her by the defence if Bernard had wanted to get rid of the competition, Ms Staunton replied “it looks like that”.

When asked if Ms Staunton had hidden anything from the gardai while being interviewed, she said she “didn’t say anything about the sex”.

In a later garda interview, Ms Staunton told gardai about the sex.

She said: “He (Bernard Locke) thought I was lovely – that I was a decent woman and he wanted to be with me”.

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When gardai had asked what Ms Staunton would say if Mr Jackson was alive she said “I’m so sorry, I do love you”. When asked why she was sorry, Ms Staunton replied “after sleeping with Ben” (Bernard Locke).

When further questioned about whether or not Bernard Locke had intended to kill Christopher, Ms Staunton said yes and that he had stabbed the deceased in the heart.

“I think he did – Ben (Bernard Locke) was the one who stuck the knife into his heart,” she said.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and a jury.

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