Monday 22 January 2018

Mark Nash Trial: Former girlfriend of accused said he started 'taking more showers' after double murder

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

Alison O'Riordan

A former girlfriend of a man on trial for a 1997 double murder has said the accused started to take showers more often after March 1997.

Mark Nash (42) who has last addresses at Prussia Street and Clonliffe Road in Dublin, has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Sylvia Shields (60) and Mary Callanan (61) between March 6 and March 7, 1997.

Lucy Porter, was in a relationship with Mark Nash in March 1997 and living with him and their child in Prussia Street in Dublin, said she noticed how her former boyfriend, who did not like showering, started to take showers up to three times a day after March 1997.

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Miss Porter had moved to Ireland with Mark Nash in October 1996 and their baby was born a month later.

She told the court she worked in Eddie Rockets on O'Connell Street where she worked "quite a lot of nights and irregular shifts."

On Thursday March 6 1997, Miss Porter was working in Eddie Rockets and Mark Nash was attending a charity quiz at the GPO on O'Connell Street.

Miss Porter told the court that Mark Nash came into Eddie Rockets with some colleagues after the event, after midnight and after a half hour he walked home to Prussia Street.

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“I went to the shop with him and he got him some cigarettes and he started walking, it was only about a 20 minute walk from the city centre. I think he had no money so that’s why I bought him cigarettes," said Lucy Porter.

Miss Porter told the court he was wearing a "velvet jacket" on the night.

When she got home around 7am on March 7 1997, he was in bed and she doesn't recall anything unusual.

Their relationship ended shortly afterwards and Mark Nash moved out of their flat in Prussia Street in April or May 1997 and moved in with his new girlfriend Sarah Jane Doyle.

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When put by Mr Hugh Hartnett SC for the accused, whether Mark Nash was a "fantasist", Miss Porter agreed he was.

"What do you mean a fantasist? asked Mr Brendan Grehan SC acting for the State.

 "He told a lot of lies not just to me but to everyone I think," replied Lucy Porter.

The trial continues.

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