Man’s body was found with 25 stab wounds and ‘deep chop wound’ to his head, murder trial hears

Man’s body was found with 25 stab wounds and ‘deep chop wound’ to his head, murder trial hears

A man’s body was found in his home with around 25 stab wounds and a “deep chop wound” to his head, a murder trial has heard.

Prosecutors say Paul Jones, 52, was killed over a dispute over the inheritance of a family home in Cork.

His sister Helen Jones, 53, of Cahergal Avenue in Mayfield, Cork denies she murdered him at his home in Lough in the south of the city in September 2019.

Her co-accused 43-year-old Keith O’Hara, of the same address also pleaded not guilty.

Senior prosecutor Siobhan Lankford said the State’s case will be there was acrimony between the two accused and the deceased over the ownership of the family home at Cahergal Avenue.

Helen Jones

Helen Jones

The property had been left in their father’s will to Liam and Paul Jones with the provision Helen Jones be allowed live there until she got married.

Ms Lankford said in 2018 Liam and Paul took a case against Ms Jones to evict her. The case was compromised on the basis she vacate the property. A certain amount of money was to be given to her from the sale of the house.

Counsel further alleges there was “ongoing acrimony” which gave the defendants a motive for the murder. Ms Lankford said the jury would hear evidence from a witness who allegedly met the pair in a branch of Dunnes Stores. Ms Lankford said the witness will claim O’Hara told her “the brother (Paul Jones) will pay.”

She said it is the State’s case that the two co accused got a taxi on the evening of September 4, 2019 to Bandon Road in Cork where Paul Jones was living and that there was an altercation.

Ms Lankford said that Paul Jones was found dead on September 7, 2019 when his son became concerned for his welfare having not heard from him.

The emergency services were called. Paul Jones was found dead in the hallway of the house.

Ms Lankford said that the postmortem revealed that Mr Jones received in the region of 25 stab wounds to the torso and a deep chop wound to the head. A Garda investigation was commenced.

She said that the jury would hear evidence from a taxi driver who allegedly brought a man and woman to the property on the evening of September 4, 2019.

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Ms Lankford said that CCTV footage will allegedly show the the Navy coloured taxi arriving in Bandon Road with a number of witnesses anticipated to give evidence that they saw a woman get out and violently and aggressively knock on the door of a house at Bandon Road.

She said it was the State’s case that Ms Jones had a knife and that she hammered on the door with the knife. Ms Lankford stated that it was alleged that Keith O’Hara stayed in the taxi but subsequently got out.

Ms Lankford said it will be alleged that the taxi driver saw Paul Jones, whom he knew, at the door, and that there was “aggression between the parties.”

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