Limerick murder accused 'seemed agitated', says witness

The partner of a Limerick man who was shot dead along with another woman in his home has told a trial one of the accused arrived at her house the day of the killings to offer his condolences but that he “seemed agitated”.

The partner of a Limerick man who was shot dead along with another woman in his home has told a trial one of the accused arrived at her house the day of the killings to offer his condolences but that he “seemed agitated”.

Olivia Mullens, a partner of Desmond Kelly, who was shot dead in a double shooting in O'Malley Park, said Patrick O'Brien and his wife Susan called to her and he said “Dessie cut Breda's throat and then shot himself.”

It was day five of the trial at the Central Criminal Court of first cousins Patrick O'Brien (aged 33) of Glanntan, Golflinks Road, Castletroy, Limerick and Thomas Stewart (aged 29) of The Cedar, Briarfield, Castletroy, Limerick who have both pleaded not guilty to the murders of Mr Kelly (aged 23) and Breda Waters (aged 28) on January 9, 2011 at O'Malley Park in Limerick.

Ms Mullens told prosecuting counsel Mr Brendan Grehan, SC, that O'Brien also told her that Mr Kelly “was with Breda Waters”.

“I was in shock and I said no, Dessie wouldn't shoot himself,” said Ms Waters.

She agreed with defence counsel Mr Sean Gillane, SC that many people had been saying Ms Waters' throat had been cut.

Ms Mullens, who was going out with Desmond Kelly for 13 years and had three children said she moved out of the house in O'Malley Park to move in with her mother as she “needed to do something” about her drug problem.

She said she had met one of the accused Patrick O'Brien six months before the shootings when he came to their house to buy heroin.

“We kinda got to know him after that and we would call to his house in Golflinks too from time to time,” she said.

She said O'Brien's wife Susan showed her a text message, allegedly from Martina Waters, a sister of Breda Waters, saying “I hope you die of cancer bitch and then he will be mine,” referring allegedly to O'Brien, whom Martina had admitted on a previous day of the trial she had a brief affair with.

“Pat then asked Dessie (Desmond) would he give Martina a slice in the face for the text message,” admitted Ms Mullens.

When defence counsel for O'Brien, Mr Gillane suggested that O'Brien did not ask Mr Kelly to injure Martina, she said he did.

“Dessie was no angel. It did happen, he was asked to do so many things but didn't do anything. I know he wouldn't have done anything,” she said.

Earlier the trial had heard admissions from murder victim Ms Waters' sister Martina that she had an affair with O'Brien prior to the shootings.

The jury viewed further CCTV footage from O'Malley Park on the morning of the shootings showing two people walking down a lane way near Southhill at 8.51am.

They were also shown footage of two people approaching the house at 8.59am where the double shootings took place and further footage of two people approaching another house in O'Malley Park at 9.07am.

Sergeant Pat Delaney agreed with Ms Martina Baxter BL, prosecuting that it was the original footage taken on January 9, 2011 which he downloaded.

The trial is continuing before Mr Justice George Birmingham and a jury of six men and six women.

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