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Killer drew map to victim's body for detectives

Anne Corcoran's killer drew gardai a map of where he burned and buried her body after a garda recognised him from CCTV footage withdrawing money from her bank account, the Central Criminal Court has heard.

Oliver Hayes (49) was arrested on February 5, 2009, at his house on Clancool Terrace, Bandon, where the painter has admitted killing Mrs Corcoran (right) over a fortnight earlier.

Hayes has pleaded guilty to the widow's manslaughter but not guilty to murdering her between January 19 and 21, 2009. He also admits falsely imprisoning her and stealing €3,000 from her account after she went missing from her home at Maulnaskimlehane, Kilbrittain, Bandon.

Detective Garda James Fitzgerald told the Central Criminal Court that in the days before the arrest, he viewed CCTV footage of a man in a hood parking his van and withdrawing money from an ATM in Bandon. The transaction times coincided with the widow's account being debited following her disappearance.

"I suspected that the person depicted was Oliver Hayes," he told the trial.

Det Gda Fitzgerald went to Hayes' home on the morning of February 5 and arrested him on suspicion of murdering Anne Corcoran.

Detective Garda Bart O'Leary said: "He told us where he'd burned and buried Anne Corcoran's body and we asked him to draw a sketch. He gave us directions to the woods and drew a sketch."

Gardai found her body there the next day. The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Carney.

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