Woman accidentally fell into sea, murder accused claimed
THE man accused of murdering Sandra Collins told another man that she accidentally fell into the sea, a court heard.
Michael Grenaghan, a civil engineer, said that Martin Early stayed with him on March 23, 2011 after ringing him and saying he was in "trouble".
Construction worker Early (49) of Banagher, Carrowmore Lacken, Ballina, denies murdering Ms Collins on or about December 4, 2000.
On the 11th day of the trial yesterday at the Central Criminal Court in Castlebar, Mr Grenaghan gave evidence that Early rang him on March 23, 2011 sounding "very panicky".
Mr Grenaghan said he brought Early to his uncle's house where he was "very stressed" and vomited.
The next morning Early told him he was "in big trouble". He said that Early added that he had been with Ms Collins on the night she disappeared and that they had gone to the pier in Killala together. Mr Grenaghan continued: "He (Early) said there was an argument and that she fell into the water. She got out of the car apparently very erratically and stepped back away from the car and fell in".
Cross-examined by Micheal O'Higgins, the witness said: "I never saw him being violent with anyone. I believe that Martin Early was telling the truth that she fell in."
The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury.