Throat cut after professing love, court told

The Romanian accused of murdering an Englishman in Bandon in 2011 claimed the woman drinking with them at the time slashed the victim’s throat with a broken glass after the victim had professed his love for her.

Throat cut after professing love, court told

Ciprian Grozavu, aged 39, of Bridge House, Sean Hales Place, Bandon, Co Cork, denies murdering John Forrester, aged 42, at Bridge House on November 12, 2011. The jury was told earlier Catherine O’Connor, who also lived at Bridge House, had previously confessed to murdering Mr Forrester.

The jury heard that, in an interview with Bandon gardaí, Mr Grozavu said: “Me and John were good friends, best friends. John was telling her that he loves her. He was serious about it. She sticks her fingers in his eyes, her nails into his eyes, and was trying to scratch him and she also tried to bite his shoulder. Imagine, he told her he loved her; she went mental.

“She was trying to attack him with everything she could really. There was an empty pint glass on the table. She broke it by the corner of the table. She stuck it a few times in his face and cut his throat. She had the pint in her left hand. She cut his throat in the right side.

“Everything happened in a couple of seconds. I did not expect anything like this. I wasn’t ready or expecting anything. I thought they were great friends. John didn’t do nothing to defend himself. He closed his eyes. I suppose it was instinct because of her nails. He closed his eyes when she was scratching.

“After the cut to his neck John fell on the floor. There was some cable on the floor. I seen her take it and twist it around him.

“I told her a few times to stop but she ignored me. Two or three times he told her to stop. He said: ‘Stop, stop, stop.’ He was trusting her. That is why he did not do anything. Why else would he not defend himself? He was so quiet he would not do a thing. He would not move one finger to get out of the way.”

One of the officers put it to Mr Grozavu: “In a nutshell you are saying Catherine did it.”

Mr Grozavu replied: “John told me he knew her for 10 years before that she tried to stab him.”

Mr Grozavu said that, on the night of November 12, 2011, O’Connor cut Mr Forrester’s throat with the broken glass using a sawing motion.

The case before Mr Justice Paul Carney and the six men and six women of the jury continues today at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork.

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