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Murder accused 'spoke of how easy it would be to kill his wife'


Anton Mulder

Anton Mulder

Anton Mulder

A friend of a South African man accused of murdering his wife said he told him how "easy" it would be to kill her.

Andries Loubser, a fellow Afrikaaner who had worked with Anton Mulder at Kentucky Fried Chicken, said that they spoke together about Mr Mulder's marriage.

Mr Loubser said that, during a conversation in Afrikaans, Mr Mulder had told him: "I am going to kill her. In this country it's easy.

"Five or six years and I'm still young when I'm out then," he is alleged to have said.

Mr Loubser said the accused man claimed his Irish wife Colleen had moved back to the family home in the North.

Mr Mulder said his wife had run away with another man and he would not let her take their six children.

Mr Loubser said that he was sure Mr Mulder had not actually said: "I would kill for her."

He agreed that he had not made the accusation public until he told gardai after Mrs Mulder's death.

Anton Mulder (46), of Maelduin, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, originally from Durban in South Africa, denies murdering his wife, Colleen Suzanne Mulder, on the morning of December 17, 2004.

Mrs Mulder was strangled in her bed. Mr Mulder's daughter also told the court that she was afraid of her father.

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The girl, said she often stayed over at a friend's house when her mother was away.

She told defence counsel Roderick O'Hanlon under cross examination: "I preferred when my mum was there. I was kind of scared of my dad."

The girl, who gave her evidence via videolink, said her parents were often arguing.

"It's 'cos he was sort of annoying all the time. He used to try and start fights and she would tell him to leave her alone."

She told Mr O'Hanlon, that on the morning of her mother's death, she had heard her mother shouting at her father.

"She was telling him to leave her alone."

She said she had gone upstairs, even though she had denied this in her statement to gardai.

"I was scared. I forgot to tell them," she said.

She had been downstairs watching television with two of her sisters when they heard their parents arguing upstairs.

Her sister went upstairs but quickly came down, crying and saying their father had killed their mother. The girl said she then went upstairs herself.

"I saw my mum lying on the bed with my dad lying on her. He was standing looking down on her, crying."

The girl said she could remember her father sleeping in the room with her and her sisters but thought it had only happened once -- the night before her mother's death.

Yesterday, a jury at the Central Criminal Court heard that Mr Mulder had told gardai he habitually barricaded the door of the room he shared with his daughters because his wife had threatened to have him shot.

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis told the court that Mrs Mulder died from manual strangulation which would have taken "moderate force". He could not give a time for strangulation but it would have lasted "several seconds".

The trial continues today before Justice Kevin O'Higgins.

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