Friday 27 April 2018

Mark Nash was a fantasist who told a 'lot of lies', former partner tells court

Mark Nash denies the murder charges against him
Mark Nash denies the murder charges against him

Alison O'Riordan

A former partner of a man on trial for a 1997 double murder has given evidence that he was a fantasist and "told a lot of lies".

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, originally from the UK and who had been in a relationship with Nash, told the court that she was living with Nash and their child in Prussia Street in Dublin 7 in March 1997, having moved to Ireland with him five months earlier.

Ms Porter agreed with counsel for the accused Hugh Hartnett SC that Mark Nash was somewhat of a "fantasist".

"What do you mean a fantasist?" asked Brendan Grehan, counsel for the State, in re-examination.

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

On Thursday March 6 1997, Ms Porter was working in Eddie Rocket's on O'Connell Street and Mark Nash was attending a charity quiz at the GPO on O'Connell Street. A girl downstairs from their Prussia Street flat was caring for their baby. Ms Porter said Nash, who was working at a sales company at the time, came into Eddie Rocket's after midnight with two male work colleagues.

After 30-minutes, Ms Porter went to the shop with him and he walked home to Prussia Street. "I went to the shop with him and got him some cigarettes and he started walking, it was only about a 20 minute walk from the city centre," said Ms Porter, who described how he was wearing a 'velvet jacket' on the night.

Ms Porter said she remembered taking the jacket for dry cleaning "at some point" in 1997.

When she got home from work around 7am on March 7 1997, Mr Nash was in bed and she doesn't recall anything unusual. The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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