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Terrified woman had sex with her partner's killer after murder

A WOMAN has told a murder trial she had sex with her partner's killer moments after he was stabbed to death.

Barbara Staunton was giving evidence at the Central Criminal Court in the trial of Anthony Locke (35) who has been charged with murdering her 53-year-old partner Christopher Jackson on September 7, 2012 and concealing his body in a wardrobe.

The accused's brother, Bernard Locke (41), of Ramillies Road, Ballyfermot, pleaded guilty earlier this week to the murder of Mr Jackson.

Ms Staunton told the court: "Anthony said, 'Remember the Scissor Sisters? We are the Scissor Brothers' to Bernard" after Mr Jackson was stabbed to death.

Ms Staunton, who said she was afraid for her life, drank with the two men after the murder and also had sex with Bernard Locke for 10 minutes.

She testified that she warned her partner not to answer the door on the night that he was killed. "There was a knock on the door and I said, 'Don't answer it'," she said. "Christy opened the door and I heard Anthony and Bernard asking if they could come in and have a few drinks.

"One of them said, 'Where's the hash you owe me?' and Christy came back with a knife sticking out of his chest.

"I jumped up screaming and shouting and Anthony grabbed me. Bernard was holding him [Christopher] and bringing him into the kitchen.

"Anthony grabbed my two arms and had a small knife – he said, 'Shut up, shut up, you're next'.

SCREAMING

"I last saw him [Christopher] lying on the kitchen floor at the sink. Bernard came out of the kitchen and said to Anthony, 'Go finish him off'. I thought I was next."

Ms Staunton went on to say that Bernard Locke had asked Anthony to clean up and had then asked her to have sex with him.

"Bernard kept asking where the bandages are – his hand was fairly cut and he put a tea towel around it.

"He kept asking me for a kiss. Bernard said to Anthony to get the cleaning stuff to clean up.

"Bernard asked me to have sex with him in the bedroom. He brought me into the bedroom and had sex for about 10 minutes.

"They kept me beside them and said I had to say 'No comment' or else I'm going down with them. I was sitting there shaking but going along with them because I was afraid of my life."

The court heard that Ms Staunton had been addicted to heroin and had smoked heroin with her partner and her son hours before the murder.

She went on to say that she had continued drinking with the Locke brothers without telling anyone what had happened because she was too afraid.

Her sister had called around and the brothers told her to 'act normal'.

The trial, of Anthony Locke, who denies the murder of Mr Jackson continues before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan.

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