Trial jury shown footage from violent film

The jury in the trial of a Waterford man charged with the murder of Martin Brophy has heard that gardaí were provided with a clip from the film American History X in which one man tells another to bite the kerb before applying bodily force to the head.

William Moran, aged 20, of Connolly Place, Waterford City, is charged with murdering Martin Brophy, 22, at the old Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) building between May 19 and May 21 2012. Mr Moran has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

Taking to the stand, Detective Garda Kevin Nolan confirmed with Michael Delaney, prosecuting, yesterday that he was provided with a disc in the weeks following May 2012.

“The title of the disc was American History X, which is an American crime drama that tells a story of two brothers who become involved in the neo-Nazi movement.

“The clip depicts one of the brothers who overpowers an intruder forcing him to the ground facing downwards. He forces him to place his open mouth onto the kerb outside — when he has his open mouth against the kerb he orders him to bite the kerb and applies bodily force to the head of the intruder leading to the death of the intruder.”

Davina Wrafter, 18, told Mr Delaney she has known Gavin Walsh since she was four or five years of age.

When asked when she had heard about the death of Martin Brophy, Ms Wrafter told the court: “I heard it in May [2012] but didn’t hear the actual story until a month later when Gavin Walsh told me exactly what happened.

“He told me William Moran hit Skip with a brick into the head. He said he gave him [Martin Brophy] three kicks into the head.

“I asked him why he did that and he said he thought he [Martin Brophy] was already dead when he did it.”

When asked if she had told anyone, Ms Wrafter replied “no I was only 15 and I was terrified. A few months ago, any time he [Gavin Walsh] was drunk, he would get in a temper”.

The court heard Ms Wrafter went to gardai after seeing details of evidence given by Gavin Walsh (Feb 17) in court that appeared on the Facebook page of Waterford radio station WLRFM.

Under cross examination by Colman Cody, defending, Ms Wrafter confirmed that what drew her attention to the death of Martin Brophy was the fact that he was killed with kicks to the head.

“On Stephen’s Day [2014] after getting too drunk he [Gavin Walsh] was starting arguments and he blurted out ‘I’m not afraid of anyone — I kicked a man three times in the side of his head and killed him’,” she said.

When asked why Ms Wrafter did not go to the guards after St Stephen’s Day, she replied: “I didn’t know whether he was saying it to sound tough around everyone or not.

“The WLRFM Facebook page said the deceased was killed with kicks to the head — when I remembered what Gavin told me it was on my conscience.”

The trial continues.

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