Sunday 18 August 2019

'Gardai thought I hid my dead partner's body,' woman tells murder trial

Barbara Staunton leaving court. Photo: Courtpix
Barbara Staunton leaving court. Photo: Courtpix

Aoife Nic Ardghail

The partner of a man whose body was found in a wardrobe days after he was killed has agreed that gardai originally suspected her of concealing the deceased.

Giving evidence under cross examination, Barbara Staunton agreed with Mr Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, that she had been suspected of concealing the body but had never been charged with the offence.

She denied she had known Christopher Jackson's body was in their bedroom wardrobe.

She said she thought the body had been put outside but did have a "feeling" it was in the wardrobe.

"I wanted to get clothes out of the wardrobe, but I couldn't go near the wardrobe because the dog was sniffing around it", she said.

Anthony Locke (38), with an address at Ramillies Road in Ballyfermot, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Jackson at his apartment on Prussia Street, between September 6th and 7th, 2012.

Ms Staunton agreed her sister stayed in her bedroom overnight with a child, but said she thought the accused and his brother, Bernard, had put the body in the hall.

The trial continues with Ms Staunton's evidence before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of six men and six women.

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