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Jury in the trial of Waterford man charged with murder shown photographs of swelling on accused's hands

CourtsBy Neil Fetherston
Jury in the trial of Waterford man charged with murder shown photographs of swelling on accused's hands

A jury in the trial of a Waterford man charged with murdering Martin Brophy have been shown photographs of a swelling on the accused man's hands taken on the same week that gardai found the body.

William Moran (20) of Connolly Place, Waterford City is charged with murdering Martin Brophy (22) at the old Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) building between May 19 and May 21 2012.

Mr Moran has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is currently on trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.
 
Taking to the stand, Garda Eugene O Neill told Michael Delaney SC prosecuting that he was asked to photograph the hands of the accused because his colleague had noticed a swelling on them.
 
Garda O'Neill told the jury today that he took two photographs, one of both left and right knuckles and another of the right knuckle on May 22nd, 2012.
 
Detective Garda Emmett Dunphy of Waterford Garda Station also gave evidence today (Monday), and he confirmed with Colm O'Briain BL prosecuting that he is a certified operator of the XRY system.
 
He told the court that he examined a sim card found to be property of William Moran.
 
The jury heard that after being briefed in relation to a suspicious death at a disused WIT building in Waterford, a number of items were found on New Gate Street and Castle Street by gardai between May 22nd and 25th including the wrapper of a Devils Bit cider bottle, two plastic flaggins and a pair of Nike runners.
 
The trial, which is expected to last three weeks, continues on Tuesday before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of four women and eight men.