Murder accused told emergency services he was 'evil'

A 44-year-old man accused of murdering a young Dublin woman over a year ago, told emergency services he was an “evil f***er” who had stabbed a woman.

A 44-year-old man accused of murdering a young Dublin woman over a year ago, told emergency services he was an “evil f***er” who had stabbed a woman.

The jury in the trial of Clive Butcher, who is originally from the UK but has an address at Ranelagh Road, was played a recording of the 999 call that he made from his bedsit, after he had knifed Ms Hoban a number of times in the back.

The accused has pleaded not guilty to the 28-year-old's murder, but has admitted manslaughter. The State however has refused to accept his manslaughter plea, and Mr Butcher is being tried for murder at the Central Criminal Court.

In the 999 recordings, he is heard saying that he stabbed a 28-year-old woman three or four times in the back with a knife; “You need to get on here quick, she's dying rapidly on the floor.”

As he is given instructions on how to administer CPR, Mr Butcher says “I'll try to do what I can, but I think it's too late.”

He is persuaded to continue giving CPR until the ambulance arrives, to which he replies “Ya all right, I just killed someone, you know that.”

Then after a while, he is heard saying “I have to save your f***ing life I suppose havn't I? Come on.”

After he tries unsuccessfully to resuscitate Ms Hoban a number of times, he tells the 999 operator, “ No sorry, she's gone mate...there's nothing.”

The court heard that the accused and Ms Hoban had been “knocking around” together for around a year at the time of the killing.

It was told that Ms Hoban was from the Mercier Street area of Dublin city, and had had some difficulties in her life, including issues with drugs.

The court was also played CCTV video footage showing Mr Butcher and Ms Hoban arriving at a flat on Ranelagh Road together at 4.40 pm on the afternoon in question.

It was told that the accused was staying at the bedsit, which is used by Dublin City Council to provide temporary accommodation to homeless people.

Just before 7pm, the video shows Mr Butcher on his own in the hallway, talking on his mobile phone and smoking a cigarette.

“What we know for certain is that just before 7pm, a 999 call was made by Mr Butcher seeking the assistance of the emergency services.

Something happened as a result of which Rebecca Hoban is dead. And she is dead with six stab wounds in her back” counsel for the prosecution, Mr Bernard Condon SC, told the jury.

He said the issue they will have to decide is what was in the mind of the accused when he “did that to her.”

A number of paramedics from Dublin Fire Brigade also gave evidence of arriving at the scene and finding Ms Hoban lying on the ground in a substantial pool of blood.

They said she was not breathing and there were no signs of life.

They also noticed a bread-knife on a table just inside the door.

The trial continues tomorrow morning when the court is due to hear evidence from the assistant state pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis.

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