Una Geaney, aged 45, of Mullinagleamig, Dingle, Kerry, and originally from Fermoy in Cork, denies a charge of murdering Gary Bull, 37, at Shanlaragh, Dunmanway, Co Cork, on September 23, 2007.
Evidence from her interview with gardaí was read to Mr Justice Paul Carney and the jury yesterday. She said Bull had been waving a powered-up con-saw at people outside the house in Shanlaragh that Sunday evening and one of the men hit him in the face with a piece of timber causing him to drop the saw.
She described Gary Bull sitting in the kitchen coming around after being hit with the timber. “Across his face it was deformed, even a few minutes later. There was blood coming out of him. All along his face including the right side, it was deformed. He reminded me of the film, Elephant Man.
“There was blood coming from the side of his head, nose and mouth, a bright orange colour red blood,” Geaney said.
The accused also told Sergeant Michael Lyons and Detective Garda Maurice Shanley that Gary Bull said on the Sunday afternoon of September 23, 2007, that he made a prophesy he would be killed, that someone would kill him.
Geaney said, “I will live with this the rest of my life, he did not deserve to die like that.”
Defence senior counsel Ciarán O’Loughlin said the prosecution evidence pointed to Mr Bull being killed in the yard outside and not in the kitchen.
Geaney told gardaí that “Jay the hat” — Jason Thomas — said that evening that if Gary Bull left Shanlaragh that day he would come back another time and kill the man who struck him with the piece of wood.
“Jay had a mallet. Jay and Gary got into a scuffle. Jay gave me the mallet and said hit him with the mallet. Jay said hit him in the head. I could not. His face was all deformed and I could picture it exploding,” Geaney told the investigators.
She said she hit Mr Bull once on the leg with the mallet and saw Thomas hit him in the head with the mallet.
“I saw him (Mr Bull) on his knees after the second belt. I heard him say ouch. I had to walk away. I heard four or five cracks,” Geaney said. She took these cracks to be belts from the mallet.
During questioning of Geaney, Sergeant Lyons said, “There was drink and drugs floating, there was a complete house floating and looking for trouble and then Gary turned up.”
He suggested to Geaney a decision was made not to let Gary Bull leave the house once he had been struck with the piece of timber and that she had actively participated in that. Geaney said, “I never thought anything like this would happen.”
The trial continues on Tuesday.