Friday 17 November 2017

Murder accused bought his mother a 42-inch television with money from robberies, court hears

Christopher McNamara denies murdering James Boyce
Christopher McNamara denies murdering James Boyce

Anne Sharkey

Details of the arrest of a Limerick man accused of murdering a retired soldier with a sweeping brush, were heard by the jury today at the Central Criminal Court.

Christopher McNamara (21) of Good Shepherd Villas, Pennywell road in Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of James Boyce (71) at St Munchins Street, St Mary’s Park in Limerick between March 6 2011 and March 7 2011.

In a statement made by Garda Brian Begley and read to the court by the prosecution Maurice Coffey BL, Garda Begley said that on March 24 2011 he had searched the home of the accused at 7.30pm.

A number of items were seized including a pair of white gloves and a 42-inch television.

The court heard previously that mother of the accused, Pauline Whelan had received a 42-inch television from the him on March 7.

When asked by his mother where he had gotten the money to pay for the television, the accused had said ‘by robbing two building sites’.

A 42-inch LG television was then shown to the jury as an exhibit.

A statement from Garda Patrick Hogan of Mayorstone Garda Station in Limerick detailed the seizing of car keys from Michael Larkin McNamara on March 8 2011.

A statement by Mr Larkin McNamara, which was read to the jury last Thursday, detailed the sale of a Toyota Corolla to the accused on the night that James Boyce was murdered.

Read by Maurice Coffey BL, the statement said that Christopher McNamara had gotten in touch with Michael Larkin McNamara on Sunday March 6 at 1am about buying a car.

When asked if he knew what time it was, the accused had replied ‘I need the car tonight, I have a couple of grand here.’

The accused had later asked Mr Larkin McNamara if he could stay at his house after which he is heard to have paid for the car.

“He (the accused) asked me could he stay at my house. He paid me €1,100 euro in fifty euro notes for the car.”

“The next day, he wanted to get a telly for his mother as a surprise. His mother was crying over him buying the telly for her.”

The trial continues before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and a jury of seven men and five women.

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