Wednesday 21 February 2018

Garda tells murder trial how accused bolted into house dressed in dark clothing when he arrived at scene

Trial judge Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy
Trial judge Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy

Alison O'Riordan

The jury in the trial of a Kilkenny man charged with murdering a 25-year-old man in Waterford last year has heard how the accused bolted into his house, before closing the door as a Garda car approached the scene on the night.

Tadhg Butler (34) with an address at Seafield in Tramore, Co Waterford is charged with murdering Michael O'Dwyer at that address on 10th January, 2014.

Mr Butler, also known as Thomas O'Grady and originally from Kilkenny, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his fellow Kilkenny man.

Garda Kelleher from Tramore Garda Station told prosecution counsel Mr Denis Vaughan Buckley SC that he observed the deceased Michael O'Dwyer lying on the ground at Seafield in Tramore on the night of January 9, 2014 with two other males hovering over him who he now knows to be Luke Green and Anthony O'Grady.

Gda Kelleher told the jury of eight women and four men at the Central Criminal Court this morning that as the garda patrol car came to a stop, he saw the accused in dark clothing at the doorway to the house, who then proceeded to close the door as the gardai arrived.

A second garda on the scene that night was then called by Mr Vaughan Buckley.

Garda Colm Nolan also of Tramore Garda Station told the barrister as they approached the scene in their patrol car, he saw the accused "bolt or run into Seafield".

His colleague then checked the door and it was locked.

The court heard two guards then forcefully entered the house after smashing a panel on the door before it eventually opened

Garda Patricia Lonergan also attached to Tramore Garda Station and who was at the scene on the night told defence counsel Mr Brendan Grehan SC that when Tadhg Butler was later arrested at the the side alley of the house, he was carrying a Supervalu plastic bag which contained four to six cans of Fosters beer.

It was also heard in court this morning that no particular weapon was ever found at the scene.

The trial continues.

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