Granddaughter of the deceased was texting murder accused

Granddaughter of the deceased was texting murder accused

A murder accused exchanged text messages with a granddaughter of the deceased man on the same date he was allegedly beaten to death at his own home, a trial has heard.

Chloe McBride, who is 18 now and was 15 at the time, exchanged text messages with James Davy in the early hours of February 12, 2014. Mr Davy (25), of Thornhill Meadows in Celbridge, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 64-year-old Thomas Dooley at the dead man's home at Senan Court, Edenderry on that date.

His cousin Sean Davy (21), of Clonmullen Drive, Edenderry and Matthew Cummins (22), of Churchview Heights, Edenderry have also pleaded not guilty to Mr Dooley's murder.

Ms McBride told prosecuting counsel Patrick Treacy SC that she was at her uncle's funeral on February 11 and that she exchanged a number of texts with James Davy throughout the day. He told her, by text, that he was drinking and on his way into Edenderry for a "session" with Sean Davy.

She said she had intended to meet up with him but the plan fell through and she went home when the funeral mourners left Larkins Pub in Edenderry. The text messages continued into the early hours and between 1am and 2am they discussed meeting up at her grandfather's house - the home of the deceased man.

She continued texting him but got no response until after 3am, when Mr Davy sent a text to say he was busy. She asked him what he could be busy with at that time and he replied "stuff".

He told her he was still drinking and that he was heading with Sean Davy to Sean Davy's father's house in Edenderry. Four days later she found out that her grandfather was dead. She told James Davy by text and he replied "What, are you serious?"

He later said he hoped these "scumbags are caught". Some days later he asked her if anybody had been arrested. He also asked her if it was true that a sock was found in Mr Dooley's mouth.

The jury was then shown CCTV footage taken on the night of February 11 and early hours of the following morning from various locations around Edenderry.

Garda Joseph Bradley said three people are seen at Sweeney's Topaz on St Mary's Road leading into Edenderry shortly after 5am. One of them was carrying a white bag.

About 90 minutes later he said three men can be seen entering the Blundell Woods Estate and then Granary Court, where Mr Cummins' father lives. Again, one of them was carrying a white bag.

They hung around three large bins at the rear of the building for some minutes, going over and back to the bins "intermittently".

Shortly before 7am he said a camera inside Granary Court showed a man he believed to be Matthew Cummins entering and going up the stairs. Cameras at a bank, pharmacy and restaurant on JKL Street in Edenderry then trace two men, identified by Garda Bradley as James Davy and Sean Davy, walking eastward together.

The last piece of footage showing them together was at 7am.

The trial continues tomorrow before Justice Margaret Heneghan.