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Calls to accused stopped eight days before killing

A jury in a trial of a man accused of murdering his ex-partner has heard evidence of phone records between the victim's and the accused's mobiles.

Garda Patrick Robins said he examined phone calls made to and from both hand sets.

He noted that Breda Cummins had made four calls to Michael McDonald's phone on May 5, 2010 -- the last time there was any call made by Ms Cummins to McDonald's phone.

It was day five of the trial of Michael McDonald (51) of Barnhill, Castledermot, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ms Cummins on May 13, 2010 at Michael Dooley Terrace, Athy. He has further pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to John Lawlor (44) of Pearse Terrace, Castledermot.

McDonald has admitted the manslaughter of the 31-year-old, but this plea has not been accepted by the DPP.

Garda Robins said he analysed incoming calls to Ms Cummins's phone on May 12, 2010, the day before her death and said it showed 13 phone calls made from McDonald's mobile to her.

The trial continues before Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley and a jury of eight men and four women.