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tragic Murdered pensioner Anne Butler's mum passed away just months before killer found guilty

"I don't think she was ever fully aware of what happened to Anne and that could only have been a mercy for her"

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Trevor Rowe. Picture: Dylan Vaughan.

Trevor Rowe. Picture: Dylan Vaughan.

Trevor Rowe. Picture: Dylan Vaughan.

The mother of murdered pensioner Anne Butler died in November - just four months before her daughter's killer would be found guilty of her murder.

Locals in Kilkenny welcomed the guilty verdict handed down by a jury in just one-hour and 19 minutes to 71-year-old Anne's murderer Trevor Rowe.

One told the Sunday World: "Sheila (Anne's mother) was in a nursing home and passed away only a few months ago.

"She would have been 100 years old.

"I don't think she was ever fully aware of what happened to Anne and that could only have been a mercy for her."

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Trevor Rowe

Trevor Rowe

Trevor Rowe

Details of the shocking death inflicted on Anne that emerged during crazed killer Rowe's trial have caused shock, outrage and sorrow in the picturesque city.

The Central Criminal Court trial heard evidence that on March 25, 2020 three anonymous 999 calls were traced back to the defendant Trevor Rowe (30), including one where he said he murdered a woman five days previously and that the location of the body was on Maudlin Street in Kilkenny.

When Gardaí called to Rowe's home, he fell to his knees, cried uncontrollably and said: "I killed a woman. I murdered a woman. I slit her throat and stuck a knife in her head."

Rowe, with an address at Abbey Street, Kilkenny, had pleaded not guilty to murdering 71-year-old Anne Butler at her home at Maudlin Street, Kilkenny on March 20, 2020.

Chief State Pathologist, Linda Mulligan testified that the body of the pensioner was discovered in a mutilated state after she had been beaten, stabbed and had her throat slit, while a large piece of cardboard was also found in the back of her mouth.

The court heard "a strip" of Ms Butler's ear was later found in the living room.

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The defendant also told officers that he was going to return to Ms Butler's house "to cut her up and bury her legs one place and bury her arms somewhere else" but instead made anonymous phone calls to Gardaí so they could find her body.

He also told detectives that he had committed "five other murders", was working for the Kinahan Cartel and received €5,500 "for doing a murder".

Ms Justice O'Connor will hand down the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment to Rowe on April 1 and remanded the accused in custody until that date.

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Trevor Rowe

Trevor Rowe

Trevor Rowe

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