June 14, 2024

Accused claimed Patricia O’Connor wanted everyone dead, Garda tells murder trial

The man accused of murdering Kilkenny woman Patricia O’Connor told Gardai he “let her die because my kids would be safe”, a Central Criminal Court jury has heard.

Kieran Greene also told Gardai that Ms O’Connor was not moving after he hit her on the head with a hurley.

He further described that living with Ms O’Connor (61) had been “10 years of hell” as she wanted “everyone dead,” down to the kids and that he replied “it was self defence” when he was charged with her murder.

The grandmother’s remains were found scattered in 15 parts at nine locations over a 30km-wide area in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains between June 10 and 14, 2017.

Mr Greene (34) denies murdering her at the house they shared at Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, on May 29, that year and disposing of her remains in the Wicklow Mountains.

He is on trial alongside three other people who have pleaded not guilty to impeding the murder investigation – his then-partner, Louise O’Connor (41), her daughter Stephanie O’Connor (22), and Louise O’Connor’s ex-partner, Keith Johnston (43).

“Basically it’s just constant, there isn’t one day she doesn’t give out,” he is alleged to have told Gardai.

It was “horrific stuff” and the kids would hide under the table, adding that Mrs O’Connor would throw the children’s Christmas toys out and also threw out her husband’s collection of World Cup milk bottles, he said.

He said his “father-in-law”, Gus O’Connor, “supposedly” fell down the stairs twice and he felt that she “done something to make him fall or pushed him.”

Patricia had told her daughter, Louise O’Connor “if you kill your Dad for me I will sign the house over to you,” he said.

He said Louise had Graves disease and Patricia had told her she could say she had a condition known as Graves Rage so as to “kill somebody and get away with murder.”

On one occasion, he said, his partner’s lips swelled up after taking a sip of coke. She was allergic to penicillin.

“I honestly think she was trying to kill us but we couldn’t prove it,” he said.

The trial continues.

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