Murder accused told gardai he 'didn't finish off' neighbour whose body was found in a wardrobe

Murder accused told gardai he 'didn't finish off' neighbour whose body was found in a wardrobe

A man accused of murdering a neighbour whose body was found in a wardrobe days after his death denied he "finished off" the deceased, a court has heard.

Anthony Locke (38) told gardai in interview that he did not stab Christopher Jackson or have any weapon.

When asked if he had "finished off" the deceased man, he replied that he had not.

Mr Locke, of Ramillies Road in Ballyfermot, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Christopher Jackson at his apartment on Prussia Street, between September 6th and 7th, 2012.

Detective Garda Kevin Moran said Mr Locke told him that his fingerprints would probably be on the knife as his brother, Bernard, could have put it in his hand as he slept.

Det Gda Moran told Mr Conor Devally SC, prosecuting, that the accused said his brother would have killed him too if he'd tried to stop him stabbing Mr Jackson.

He said the accused denied he had cut his finger stabbing Mr Jackson and added that his brother had inflicted the injury.

Detective Sergeant Denis Ellard told Mr Devally that the accused denied “interfering” or looking at the deceased's penis.

In his final garda interview, Mr Locke told gardai: “For the record, I had nothing to do with the death”.

Det Sgt Ellard agreed with Mr Padraig Dwyer SC, defending, that that Mr Locke hadn't exercised his right to remain silent and had given details that would have implicated him in an offence of concealing a body.

The detective sergeant agreed that the accused had described a black handled knife which fitted with the investigation and that the deceased man's partner, Barbara Staunton, had not identified such an implement.

He said he didn't deal with forensic analysis when Mr Dywer asked him why his client's clothes had not been technically examined.

He said he was aware Mr Locke had presented himself at a garda station when Mr Dwyer put it to him that gardai had arrested Bernard Locke near the scene and had to find Ms Staunton for interview.

The trial has reached closing stages before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of six men and six women.