Kilkenny murder trial: 81-year-old gives evidence of confession in cold-case

By Natasha Reid

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Kilkenny murder trial: 81-year-old gives evidence of confession in cold-case

John Joe Malone

An 81-year-old woman has told a cold-case murder trial that the accused admitted the killing to her in the late 1980s.


Eileen Kelly was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court this morning, Thursday in the trial of a 53-year-old man accused of murdering a widowed pensioner in Kilkenny.


John Joseph Malone is charged with murdering 69-year-old Ann ‘Nancy’ Smyth on 11th September 1987 at her home on Wolfe Tone Street in the city. She was strangled before fire was set to her house.


Mr Malone of Newpark in Kilkenny City has pleaded not guilty.


Ms Kelly said she knew John Joe Malone well at the time of Mrs Smyth’s death. They lived near each other and he used to call into her home.


She said that he called into her one night a few months after the killing. The gossip on the street was that he was responsible and she asked him how he had harmed her.


“He said it was accident and he didn't mean it,” she said. “He said he went to her house about some trophy the husband had won.”


Ms Kelly said he told her that Mrs Smyth had started shouting at him to go away from the door and that his brother and sister-in-law had robbed her in a pub. She said he told her that he caught Mrs Smyth, shoved her in the door and squeezed her too tight.


“I didn't let him into the house after that,” she said.

The trial continues.