Accused's DNA at scene of murder, court hears

The trial of a Kilkenny teenager accused of the murder of a mother-of-two has heard the 18-year-old's DNA was found on a Sony Playstation allegedly belonging to the deceased’s eldest son.

The trial of a Kilkenny teenager accused of the murder of a mother-of-two has heard the 18-year-old's DNA was found on a Sony Playstation allegedly belonging to the deceased’s eldest son.

Mark Costigan (aged 18) of Aylsbury, Kilkenny has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 36-year-old Christine Quinn at her home in the city two years ago at the Central Criminal Court.

Mrs Quinn had been stabbed 35 times when found dead on December 5, 2002 at her home on Greenfields Road.

Mr Michael Burrington, forensic scientist with the Department of Justice generated DNA profiles from blood samples taken from the accused and Mrs Quinn. These samples were then compared to evidence in the murder trial.

Mr Burrington told the jury that Mark Costigan’s DNA profile was found on the Sony Playstation that gardaí removed from the accused’s home for examination.

The accused’s DNA profile, the court heard was found on a duvet and a soccer jersey discovered at Mrs Quinn's home. The teenager’s DNA profile was also identified on a banister, a radiator and on a knob of a rear bedroom door of the Quinn family home on the Greenfields Road, Kilkenny.

Detective Garda Mark Wall told the court that on New Year’s Eve 2002, he traveled with the accused's mother, Mrs Jean Costigan to her home in O’Loughlin Court, Kilkenny where a Sony Playstation was removed for examination.

It was this Sony Playstation that was examined by forensic scientists attached to garda head quarters in the Phoenix Park.

The son of the deceased woman, Mr Jason Quinn (aged 21) told the jury: "That’s my Playstation".

Mr Quinn discovered his mother’s body on December 5, 2002 at the family home.

The teenager told the court his Sony Playstation games console had a "major feature" and as a result he was able to recognise it easily.

The "baystation" at the back of the console had been damaged previously by Mr Quinn.

Today the teenager showed the jury that the part of the Playstation that "comes out in your hand".

The trial continues before Mr Justice Peart at the Central Criminal Court.

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