Axe victim tried to have sex with defendant, jury hears

A Corkman accused of murder allegedly admitted to gardaí to killing a man with an axe after the victim attempted to have sex with him, a jury heard today at the Central Criminal Court.

A Corkman accused of murder allegedly admitted to gardaí to killing a man with an axe after the victim attempted to have sex with him, a jury heard today at the Central Criminal Court.

Prosecuting counsel, Patrick McCarthy, SC, today read to the jury the interview notes taken by Detective Sgt Brian Goulding from Sunday October 21, 2002.

Mr McCarthy, SC, said that Mark Allingham, aged 23, of Fr Murphy Place, Midleton, Co. Cork admitted to killing Gerard Hackett, aged 49, of the Simon Community and Reen Downey Place, Cork, according to the interview notes of Detective Sgt Goulding.

Mr Allingham has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Hackett on an unknown date between October 16, 2002 and October 21, 2002 at The Rock, Towns Park, Midleton in Co Cork.

Addressing the jury of three women and nine men, Mr McCarthy, SC, said that when Mr Allingham was being interviewed under caution by Detective Sgt Goulding and Garda O'Halloran, the accused admitted to killing Mr Hackett with an axe, hitting him in the head and legs.

When asked by Detective Sgt Goulding why he killed him, Mr Allingham is alleged to have said "he was trying to have sex with me, I just snapped."

When Detective Sgt. Goulding asked Mr Allingham how many times he hit Mr Hackett, he allegedly said he hit him "well over 10 times".

Then when the detective asked Mr Allingham was the victim dead when he was leaving The Rock, he allegedly said, "he was dead alright,"

During this interview on October 21 at Midleton Garda station, Mr Allingham allegedly said he met up with Mr Hackett in Cork on Friday October 18 at 11.30am at Dunnes Stores on Patrick Street.

The jury heard today that the pair then went drinking and then took the 1.30pm bus to Midleton.

After getting to Midleton, the jury heard in the second day of the murder trial, that the pair went to The Rock, a 1950's derelict house on the outskirts of the town.

It was revealed to the jury according to the interview notes of Detective Sgt Goulding that the accused knew Mr Hackett for over a year and a half and they used to meet up four to five times a week to go drinking.

Mr Allingham alleged that he is bisexual and Mr Hackett was a homosexual during his interview with gardaí on October 21 2002 in Midleton garda station.

After they reached The Rock, Mr Allingham is alleged to have said, "I was standing and Gerard Hackett was sitting on a rock," in the basement of the abandoned house.

"After a while he stood up and started kissing me," Mr Allingham is alleged to have said.

"When I realised that he wanted to have sex, I pulled out an axe and started belting him about the head." When Detective Sgt. Goulding then asked did Gerard Hackett say anything, it is alleged that Mr Allingham said "he didn't get a chance to, he was going down,"

When Detective Sgt Goulding asked Mr Allingham why he couldn't have just left Mr Hackett at The Rock and not have attacked him.

Mr Allingham is alleged to have said it was because "I was abused before sexually and it all came back into my head,"

Today the prosecution counsel, Mr McCarthy, SC, alleged that Mr Allingham killed Mr Hackett according to the interview notes of Detective Sgt Brian Goulding on Friday October 18 between 4pm and 5pm.

Mr McCarthy went onto allege that two days later, at 10.35pm on Sunday October 20, Mr Allingham, using the name John Carroll rang 999, telling gardaí there was a dead body at The Rock in Midleton.

Today the jury also heard that on October 16, 2002, Mr Allingham was seen by Ms Marge O'Driscoll outside Discount World on Main Street Midleton.

Ms O'Driscoll said Mr Allingham walked up to her and her boyfriend, Thomas Butler and pulled out a hatchet from inside his trousers.

She told the jury that it was a wooden hatchet with a red blade. When Mr McCarthy, SC, for the prosecution, asked Ms O'Driscoll when she last saw the hatchet she said it was in "Mark Allingham's hands on Wednesday 16 October, 2002."

The trial continues before Mr Justice Diarmuid O'Donovan tomorrow.

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