Sunday 17 December 2017

Suspect 'laughed' after arrest for murder, court told

Catherine O'Connor is on trial over the murder of Jonathan Duke.
Catherine O'Connor is on trial over the murder of Jonathan Duke.
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A MURDER accused who drank up to four bottles of vodka and consumed a cocktail of magic mushrooms and painkillers was giggling "hysterically" as she was examined by a GP after her arrest.

Catherine O'Connor (37) denies the murder of Jonathan 'Dukie' Duke (27) at Bridge House, Bandon, Co Cork, on November 13, 2011.

The father of one died from mechanical strangulation with two ligatures – one a long electrical cable with the plug still attached – wrapped four times around his neck.


His bound body was recovered from the River Bandon not far from his apartment complex.

Yesterday, Bandon GP Dr Lynton Wilkinson told the Central Criminal Court murder trial he was asked to examine Catherine O'Connor in a cell at Bandon garda station a short time after her detention.

He arrived on the morning of November 13 and examined her in a holding cell.

In cross-examination with defence counsel, Isobel Kennedy, Dr Wilkinson agreed that Ms O'Connor was "laughing hysterically" at the time.

Forensic scientist, Dr John Hoade, said he tested swabs of blood taken from the accused by gardai.

One of these was from underneath a fingernail on her right hand. It proved to be a DNA match for Mr Duke.

Mr Justice Paul Carney indicated that the jury will be asked to consider their verdict from next Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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