June 21, 2024

Accused denies cutting up 61-year-old grandmother and scattering remains in mountains

A 34-year-old man has denied murdering and cutting up the remains  of a grandmother before scattering her body throughout the Wicklow Mountains.

Kieran Greene (34) of Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 denies killing Patricia O’Connor at the same address on May 29, 2017.

The dead woman’s granddaughter also denied  dressing up as her grandmother after the alleged murder in  an effort to conceal Mrs O’Connor’s death.

The deceased’s daughter Louise O’Connor (41), of Millmount Court, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14, her ex-partner Keith Johnston (43), of Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght, Dublin 24 and their daughter, Stephanie O’Connor (22), of Millmount Court, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14, all  deny impeding the prosecution of Mr Greene.

All four were  before the Central Criminal Court on Tuesday morning.

Louise O’Connor denies agreeing to her daughter Stephanie disguising herself as Patricia O’Connor to hide the fact that the woman was dead.

Mr Johnston denies helping Mr Greene to buy implements at Woodie’s, Mr Price, B&Q and Shoe Zone, Tallaght, Dublin 24 on June 9, 2017, which were to be used to hide the remains of Mrs O’Connor.

Mr Johnston also denied engaging in the refurbishment of a bathroom at Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 between May 31, 2017 and June 9, 2017, in order to destroy or conceal evidence.

Stephanie O’Connor pleaded not guilty to disguising herself as Mrs O’Connor at Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 in order to conceal the fact that she was dead.

Mrs O’Connor was reported missing on June 1, 2017 and a number of her body parts, including her head and hands, were discovered spread over 30km area in the Wicklow mountains later that month.

A jury of six men and six women was sworn in to hear the trial of the four accused, which is due to begin on Wednesday before Mr Justice Paul McDermott and is expected to last between five and seven weeks.

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