Friday 15 December 2017

Man (37) admits killing mum of three

Gardai investigating inside the house of Olivia Dunlea O'Brien (inset)
Gardai investigating inside the house of Olivia Dunlea O'Brien (inset)

Ruaidhri Giblin

A MAN has admitted the manslaughter of a woman he had been "an item" with for three months, but denied her murder.

Darren Murphy (37) has pleaded not guilty to murdering Olivia Dunlea (36) at Pembroke Crescent, Passage West, Co Cork on February 17, 2013.

When asked how he was to plead, Murphy said "not guilty, guilty of manslaughter".

Murphy of Dan Desmond Village, Passage West, Co Cork, pleaded guilty to a second charge, that of arson on the deceased woman's home.

In the Central Criminal Court yesterday, prosecuting counsel Thomas Creed SC told the jury that the body of Ms Dunlea was found in a bedroom following a fire. She was divorced and had three children aged between nine and 12, he said.

Murphy admitted that he "snapped" and grabbed a nearby knife. He lit a quilt beside the bed and a roll of tissue paper on top of the kitchen table downstairs, counsel said.

Murphy made a voluntary statement to gardai and handed two sets of clothes to them which he claimed to have been wearing on the night.

However, following an examination of CCTV footage, gardai realised that the clothes Murphy handed over were significantly different, counsel said.

Gardai then went to Murphy's home, where he admitted he made a mistake.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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