Jury retires in murder trial of west Cork man

The jury has gone out in the trial of Cork man Oliver Hayes for the murder of widow Anne Corcoran.

The jury has gone out in the trial of Cork man Oliver Hayes for the murder of widow Anne Corcoran.

Hayes (aged 49) of Clancool Terrace, Bandon has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but not guilty to murdering her between January 19 and 21, 2009, after abducting her from her farmhouse at Maulnaskimlehane, Kilbrittain. Hayes also admits falsely imprisoning her in his house and stealing €3,000 from her bank account following her death.

The court has heard that Hayes tied and gagged Corcoran and then repeatedly struck her on the head with a stick and counter top in a bedroom in his house.

He has claimed he only wanted to knock her out after securing her bank details so she couldn't raise the alarm.

Three days later he buried her in Garretstown wood having first burned her body to destroy evidence.

In the witness box the 49-year-old said he was sorry and that he never meant to kill her.

The prosecution said death along with intent to cause serious harm are sufficient ingredients for murder.

The jury retired to consider a verdict just after 12.30pm this afternoon.

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