Wednesday 7 December 2016

Audio: Killer's 999 call after hammer murder in house

Killer Louis Maguire jailed for 17 years

Claire Williamson

Published 01/12/2016 | 07:52

Victim Eamonn Ferguson
Victim Eamonn Ferguson
Christopher Power
Louis Maguire with Eamonn earlier the previous day, 14 March 2014, outside a bookmakers.
In the early hours of 15 March (time code is one hour fast) Louis Maguire wearing a different jacket buying cigarettes. This was after he murdered Eamonn but before he made the 999 call. Detectives believe Maguire destroyed the blue jacket because it was stained with Eamonns blood.

This is the 999 call made by a killer just moments after a brutal murder.

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Two men were sentenced on Wednesday for their part in the murder of Eamonn Ferguson almost three years ago.

Ferguson was found dead in a house at Ardoyne Place, north Belfast in the early hours of Saturday, March 15, 2014 after being beaten with a hammer.

Last month 28-year-old Louis Maguire was convicted of his murder and 33-year-old Christopher Power was acquitted of murder by a jury but found guilty of assisting an offender.

Louis Maguire, wearing a blue jacket, and Christopher Power buying mixers after they had been in Belfast city centre with Eamonn and were returning to Maguires house for drinks. Eamonn was waiting outside.
Louis Maguire, wearing a blue jacket, and Christopher Power buying mixers after they had been in Belfast city centre with Eamonn and were returning to Maguires house for drinks. Eamonn was waiting outside.

Maguire was told he must serve 17 years in prison before he can be considered for parole.

Power was sentenced to five years and four months.

Officers said the convictions show what can be achieved when communities and police work together.

Police have issued a recording of a 999 call which Maguire made in the early hours of March 15, 2014 claiming to police that he’d been away and returned home and found Eamonn Ferguson in his house.

Maguire tells the call handler there is a lot of blood and is heard asking Power to check if Eamonn is dead.

The jury decided that all three had been drinking the previous day and that Maguire had attacked Eamonn with a hammer in the house while Power was asleep.

Louis Maguire
Louis Maguire

Maguire then went out to buy cigarettes before returning and making the 999 call.

“These convictions are an example of what can be achieved in the criminal justice system when communities and police work in partnership. I would also like to acknowledge the work of the Major Investigation Teams, the Public Prosecution Service and senior prosecution counsel. This was a collective effort which hopefully has brought some comfort to Eamonn’s family.”

Detectives also issued mugshots of the two defendants and a new image of Eamonn.

DCI Galloway said: “Eamonn deserves to be remembered as someone who is more than a victim.”

In a statement to the court, Eamonn’s mother Mrs Pat Ferguson, said: “Eamonn was a loving son, brother and uncle. He had worked as a painter and decorator and liked to play the guitar. He was intelligent and enjoyed reading. He loved to laugh and to make people laugh. Now, there is not a minute of the day when I don’t think of him. His death has impacted on every part of our family’s lives, lives which have been turned upside down, never to be the same again.”

Belfast Telegraph

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