Wednesday 23 May 2018

Accused dialled 999 and owned up to killing woman

Lonan Paul

A MAN on trial for murder dialled 999 to say he was an "evil f***er" who had just killed a woman. Clive Butcher (44) is accused of murdering Dubliner Rebecca Hoban on December 17, 2008.

Mr Butcher, who is originally from the UK but has an address at Ranelagh Road, Dublin, was played a recording at the Central Criminal Court yesterday of the 999 call that he made from his bedsit, after he had allegedly knifed Ms Hoban a number of times in the back.

The accused has pleaded not guilty to the 28-year-old's murder but has admitted manslaughter. The State has refused to accept his plea.

In the 999 recordings, the accused is heard saying he had stabbed a 28-year-old woman three or four times in the back.

"You need to get on here quick, she's dying rapidly on the floor," he says. As he is told how to administer CPR, he says: "I'll try to do what I can, but I think it's too late."

He is persuaded to continue giving CPR until the ambulance arrives, to which he replies: "Yeah, all right, I just killed someone, you know that."

Then he is heard saying: "I have to save your f***ing life I suppose, haven't I? Come on."

After he tries unsuccessfully to resuscitate Ms Hoban a number of times, he tells the 999 operator: "No sorry, she's gone, mate. . . There's nothing."


The court heard that the accused and Ms Hoban had been "knocking around" together for around a year. The deceased was from the Mercier Street area of Dublin city and had had problems with drugs.

Counsel for the prosecution, Mr Bernard Condon, told the jury that they would have to decide what was in the mind of the accused when he "did that to her".

A number of paramedics gave evidence of finding Ms Hoban lying on the ground in a substantial pool of blood.

They said there were no signs of life and that they noticed a bread-knife on a table.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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