Body had more than 60 injuries, trial told
THE strangled body of a father of one recovered from a river outside his home had been bound and bore more than 60 injuries with a ligature found around his neck.
The revelation came as Catherine O'Connor (37) pleaded not guilty to the murder of Jonathan Duke (27) before the Central Criminal Court, sitting in Cork.
Ms O'Connor, of Bridge House, Sean Hales Place, Bandon, Co Cork, denies the murder, which is alleged to have occurred at the same address on November 13, 2011.
In opening the case before Mr Justice Paul Carney, state counsel Tim O'Leary said gardai were called to Bridge House by two residents of Flat 2 that evening.
The two men heard loud noises coming from Flat 3 which was directly overhead.
"They were in bed and heard banging and loud matters going on for five or 10 minutes," Mr O'Leary said. Later, both men heard the sound of something heavy being dragged down the stairs.
They then looked out their kitchen window. "They saw Ms O'Connor and another person throw what appeared to be a body over the railings," Mr O'Leary said.
They spotted blood spatters in the hall and contacted the gardai. Garda Kieran Murphy went to Bridge House and found two individuals in Flat 3, one of whom the State says was Ms O'Connor.
Minutes later a body was spotted in the River Bandon. This was recovered and identified as that of Mr Duke.
Mr O'Leary said a post-mortem examination by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster found that the cause of death was asphyxia caused by strangulation or compression of the neck.
The trial, which is expected to last three weeks, continues today.