01 Jul 2022

Kilkenny Murder Trial: Accused stabbed brother hours after confessing killing - court hears

Kilkenny murder trial: Accused confessed killing to teenagers

John Joe Malone

The brother of a man charged with murdering a woman 30 years ago has told his trial that the accused stabbed him hours after confessing the killing to him.

Bernard 'Barney’ Malone was giving evidence to the Central Criminal Court this (Thursday) morning 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. The widowed pensioner was strangled before fire was set to her house.

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

Barney Malone said that the accused had hinted to him over the years that he had killed Mrs Smyth.

“To be honest, I’d heard rumours for years but I didn’t want to know the truth,” he testified.

He said that, one night about 10 years ago, the accused told him clearly that he had killed her over a pigeon trophy.

“He’s never come out and said it to me as plain as he did on this occasion,” he said. “Before that, it was all hints: ‘You know what I did.’ I never heard it so clear and concise as I did that night.”

Mr Malone said that he put the accused out of his house and told him to go home to his mother and not come back.

“I couldn't’ sit properly and concentrate on what I would do,” he said. “I didn’t decide what to do until two and half or three hours later when there was a comeback on what was said earlier.”

He said that the accused returned at that time.

“When I answered my door, I never saw the knife that he drove into me, that brought me to my knees,” he said. “He came back to kill me because he had slipped up badly. He didn’t expect the reaction he got.”

The court heard that the accused received a suspended sentence for this incident.

The trial continues.

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