Sunday 24 September 2017

Murder victim David Greene was classmate of Jill Meagher’s husband

Both David and Jill killed in Melbourne within weeks of each other

David Greene (L) and Jill Meagher (R)
David Greene (L) and Jill Meagher (R)

THE heartbroken parents of murder victim David Greene have revealed how he shared a classroom in Dublin with Tom Meagher – whose wife Jill was also murdered in Melbourne last year.

Speaking about her son who could “light up the room in a heartbeat”, Catherine Greene said she will never be able to look at the face of her son's “cowardly killer”.

The Greene family watched by video link in Dublin's Four Courts as a judge in Australia handed down an 18-year sentence to David's killer, Luke Wentholt (32), yesterday.

In an interview with the Herald, David's parents Catherine and Aidan said they will now attempt to begin the grieving process and try and put their nightmare ordeal behind them.

Speaking from their home in Cabinteely, Mr Greene said he does not forgive his son's killer.

“I know I never will forgive him for taking David away from us in the way he did. He showed no mercy when he stomped repeatedly on his head causing brain damage.”

And the family revealed a strange coincidence to another high-profile murder in Melbourne in September of last year, which saw an Irishwoman raped and murdered by Adrian Bayley.

“You know the Jill Meagher case, we’ve been following the whole thing  as it’s the same kind of [legal] setup, you know,” Aidan Greene said.

And David’s mother revealed that Jill’s husband was in class with her son when they were younger/

“And it was a coincidence because Davy was in the same class as Tom Meagher in school, Tom’s from Cabinteely,” she said.

“And it happened in the space of two or three weeks apart.  It’s horrific what happened to Jill Meagher. Her killer is an animal.”

According to Mr Greene, the family decided to watch the Wentholt sentencing in the Four Courts so the killer's face “could not infiltrate our home”.

He added: “With all the technical stuff we've had to look after, I haven't had a chance to properly grieve yet.”

Catherine said she will never view a picture of Wentholt who she described as a “coward”.

“I don't want him being in my head. I have never laid eyes on him,” she said.

“Throughout the trial I turned my back on him. If I looked at him and I went to sleep at night, he'd creep into my dreams. I can't let that happen.”

Mr Greene died in hospital on September 7 last year, without regaining consciousness.

Yesterday his father also revealed that David had worked with Robbie Robinson who died earlier this year after falling from an apartment in Thailand.

“Myself and Davy and a fella called Robbie Robinson from Bray used to work together,” Aidan Greene said.

“Robbie Robinson fell from the apartment in Bangkok. Me and Davy and Robbie were working together on a job.

“We were working up on a big house in Foxrock. Him and Davy were great auld buddies. Davy and Robbie were together and I was the grumpy old lad.

“I used to try and get them to do a bit of work.”

By Niall O’Connor

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