Wednesday 23 October 2019

Love-triangle woman 'hated boyfriend'


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Eoin Reynolds

A woman who says she saw her lover being stabbed to death by her boyfriend has told a murder trial that parts of her statements to gardaí were not true and she "hated" her boyfriend at the time.

Claire McGrath said she was back with the accused within days of the fatal "love-triangle" stabbing and that she still loved him. But she denied she changed her account, given in front of a jury, because she loves him.

Ms McGrath (30) has been giving evidence in the trial of Keith Connorton (40), of Tallaght, Dublin, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Graham McKeever (32) on February 18, 2017.

She told prosecuting counsel Brendan Grehan SC she made two statements to gardaí following the stabbing.

She accepted that the evidence she gave to the jury was "inconsistent" with those statements.

Her statement reads that a fight broke out and Mr McKeever tried to block punches from the accused. This, she said yesterday, was not true and she added she does not accept that is what she said at the time. She told Mr Grehan she loves the accused and always has.

Mr Grehan asked her whether that is why her account now differs to the one she gave at the time. She replied: "No. I think I'm trying to be as fair as I can because at the time I hated him [Mr Connorton] for what he had done." The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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