Sunday 18 August 2019

Mother of pregnant victim screamed upon entering upstairs bedroom, murder trial hears

Stephen Cahoon was found guilty of murder in April 2012.
Stephen Cahoon was found guilty of murder in April 2012.

Anne Sharkey

A witness has told the jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering a pregnant woman that he heard the deceased woman's mother screaming after she had entered an upstairs bedroom.

Stephen Cahoon (43) with an address at Harvey Street, Derry, Northern Ireland, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Jean Teresa Quigley (30) at Cornshell fields in Derry on July 26th, 2008.

Taking to the stand at the Central Criminal Court today, Peter Barr told Mr Patrick Marrinan, SC prosecuting that he had been with Jean Quigleys sister Anne-marie when their mother rang looking for Jean on July 26th.

Mr Barr confirmed that Anne-marie had been in contact with her mother on several occasions and as a result, she had asked him to accompany her (Anne-marie) to Jean Quigley's house.

The court heard that when they arrived and knocked on the door of the deceased, there was no answer. Ms Quigley's sister had then looked in the sitting room window and saw Jean's cigarettes and mobile phone sitting on the coffee table.

Unable to gain access, Mr Barr said: "Anne-marie said her mother had a spare key so we decided to drive down to Emma McBride's house".

"Anne-marie said she had a bad feeling about it - I don't know why," he said.

Returning to Ms Quigleys house with her mother, Mr Barr was downstairs when he heard Ms McBride screaming upstairs.

The jury heard that upon entering the room, the first thing Mr Barr saw was Jean's leg hanging out of the bed.

The trial continues this afternoon before Miss Justice Deirdre Murphy and a jury of eight men and four women.

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