Woman tells Louth murder trial how she found taxi driver's body

Woman tells Louth murder trial how she found taxi driver's body

The trial of a man accused of murdering a taxi driver in Co. Louth has heard from a woman who came across the man’s body after a night out.

Joseph Hillen from Glendesha Road, Forkhill, Co. Armagh, denies murdering the married father-of-two, Martin Mulligan.

Margaret Connolly was on her way home from a night out in Dundalk with two friends when they noticed something on the road in front of them.

It was a foggy night, but the road was well lit, and when they got closer the car’s headlights illuminated a man’s body.

She said they got out to investigate and could not find any signs of life. She said his eyes were open and his trousers were soaked with blood.

She said there was a lot of blood on his chest area and face, too. His taxi was found in a gateway a short distance away.

24-year-old Joseph Hillen denied ever meeting Mr Mulligan, but last July he told Gardaí they fought on the road after he thought he had come across him illegally dumping.

He claimed Mr Mulligan came at him with a knife that he managed to take from him and jabbed him twice with it. He told Gardaí he was trying to protect himself.

The trial continues.

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