Wednesday 17 January 2018

Victims suffered bloody deaths, trial told

Nicola Donnelly

A TRIAL of two men accused of a double murder has heard the victims "met death in a violent fashion".

Detective Garda Kevin Swan told Brendan Grehan, prosecuting, he found one victim, Desmond Kelly (23), "lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood".

Det Swan said he found a female lying on an upstairs bed with throat and face injuries.

"It was apparent both had met their deaths in a violent fashion," said Det Swan.

Sergeant Denis Waters told the court he saw Mr Kelly "with a pool of blood around him and a large amount of body fluids on the ceiling" of the kitchen.

First cousins Patrick O'Brien (31) of Glanntan, Golflinks Road, Castletroy, Limerick, and Thomas Stewart (28) of The Cedar, Briarfield, Castletroy, Limerick deny the murders of Mr Kelly and Breda Waters (28) on January 9, 2011 at O'Malley Park in Limerick.

Neighbour Michael O'Connor told the court he had "heard nothing" on the morning of the shootings.

But he went to the house after Mr Kelly's sister, Theresa, came to his house and asked for an ambulance to be called.


He said when he went upstairs to see if he could locate Mr Kelly's girlfriend, Olivia Mullens, the mother of Mr Kelly's five-month old daughter, he saw a shotgun cartridge on the stairs.

"I went into one of the bedrooms looking for Olivia but she wasn't there. I didn't know who the woman who was lying on the bed with an injury to her neck was," said Mr O'Connor.

He said Mr Kelly's brother Jonathan went to the house and came out a short time later "hysterical".

The jury were then shown CCTV footage taken from different locations from around Limerick and O'Malley Park on the morning of the shootings. It is expected further CCTV footage is to be shown over the coming days of the trial.

The trial, which is continuing before Mr Justice George Birmingham, is expected to last four weeks.

Irish Independent

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