Daughter tells of finding father in 'pools of blood'

A retired PSNI officer was found by his daughter lying dead in pools of blood at his home, a court heard today.

A retired PSNI officer was found by his daughter lying dead in pools of blood at his home, a court heard today.

William Kennedy, aged 65, was found at his bungalow in Brookfield Gardens, Ahoghill, near Ballymena, Co Antrim, on December 23, 2001.

Two men appeared in the dock at Antrim Crown Court today accused of murdering the retired sergeant.

Alan McCooke, 26, of Dalgorm Road, Ahoghill, and Mervyn Williamson, 22, of Brookfield Gardens, Ahoghill, both deny the charges.

Opening the trial, prosecutor Charles Adair QC told the jury that Mr Kennedy’s daughter Karen Barr knew when she entered the living room of the house that her father was dead.

“She saw her father lying in pools of blood on the living room floor. The phone of the living room had been smashed and it was clear her father was dead,” he said.

Mr Adair said Mrs Barr had found the body just after 9am when she was bringing him the morning newspapers.

She ran to a neighbour’s house for help and when the police arrived they discovered that the bedroom had been ransacked.

The lawyer said that during the initial inquiries police were told by a neighbour that he had heard shouting and banging coming from Mr Kennedy’s house in the early hours.

The lawyer told the court that Mrs Barr visited her father every day as he had suffered from heart disease and strokes and found it difficult to walk.

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