Kilkenny grandmother did not die at any of nine locations where her body parts found

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

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The trial continues this afternoon before Mr Justice Paul McDermott and a jury of six men and six women

A crime scene examiner has told a murder trial that a 61-year-old grandmother did not die at any of the nine locations where her body parts were found in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, which were used as a “dumping ground” for her remains.

The Central Criminal Court trial of Kieran Greene (34) also heard today that the results of a post-mortem examination confirmed that retired hospital worker Patricia O’Connor suffered a “violent death”.

The court has heard that the body of Mrs O’Connor was dismembered into 15 separate parts that were found at nine different locations in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.

Giving evidence today, Detective Garda Janette O'Neill told prosecuting counsel Roisin Lacey SC that she was attached to the ballistics section of An Garda Siochana.

Det Gda O’Neill testified that she attended a scene at Old Military Road on June 11, 2017 where part of a torso had been discovered the previous day. The torso appeared to be fresh with very little insect activity, something she would have expected if it had been there for awhile, she explained.

“The torso part was from below the lower jaw and there were seven teeth present in the lower jaw,” said the witness.

Det Gda O’Neill said she later travelled to Glenmacnass Waterfall and observed another part of the torso located amongst the rocks. This part from the lower section of the body had most of the internal organs present and there was a strong smell of decomposition, she said.

The witness said she again travelled to two scenes on June 12, where four body parts were recovered. Det Gda O’Neill said a lower left leg was found in private lands at Glenmacnass Waterfall and a right leg, right thigh or knee as well as a right upper elbow were located at Sally Gap.

On June 13, the witness said she went to the location where seven body parts had been found on the Military Road. A pair of hands and head were found in a black plastic bag and a right foot and a left arm were found nearby, she said.

A piece of a torso from between the eight and eleventh ribs was located half a kilometre away, she said. The fourth and last part of the torso, which included part of the pelvis and thighs was found in Carrigshouk, she concluded, adding that all body parts found were later brought to Dublin City Mortuary.

It was determined on the evening of June 13 that the body parts belonged to a female and the hands had been sawn at the wrists, she said. Det Gda O’Neill said the head was badly decomposed with a lot of fly activity and there appeared to be blunt force trauma to the head with a number of visible lacerations on it, she continued.

Det Gda O’Neill said she went back to the river at Glenmacnass on June 14, where part of a left leg and knee had been recovered from the water.

The witness said a thong was found on the lower part of the torso and pelvis. A left foot, the last part of the body, was located at a scene on the Military road, she added. 

Det Gda O’Neill said it was her opinion that Mrs O’Connor did not die at any of the scenes where the body parts had been located but they appeared to be “a dumping ground” for all the pieces of the remains. 

She told the court that from the results of a post-mortem examination of all the body parts, especially the head, Mrs O’Connor received a “violent death”. 

The prosecution allege that Mrs O’Connor received a minimum of three blows to the head with a solid implement at her Rathfarnham home before her body was brought in the boot of her Toyota Corolla car to Co Wexford and buried in a shallow grave.

 

Her remains were later dug up and the body dismembered using hacksaws and a hatchet over the course of three to four hours. 

 

Mr Greene of Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 has pleaded not (NOT) guilty to murdering Patricia O'Connor at the same address on May 29, 2017.

 

The deceased's daughter Louise O'Connor (41) and granddaughter Stephanie O'Connor (22), both of Millmount Court, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14, and Louise O'Connor's ex-partner Keith Johnston (43), of Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght, Dublin 24 are all charged with impeding the apprehension or prosecution of Mr Greene, knowing or believing him to have committed an arrestable offence, to wit the murder of Patricia O'Connor on May 29, 2017.

 

Louise O'Connor has pleaded not (NOT) guilty to agreeing to or acquiescing in her daughter Stephanie O'Connor disguising herself as Patricia O'Connor at Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 on May 29, 2017 in order to conceal the fact that Patricia O'Connor was dead. 

 

Mr Johnston has pleaded not (NOT) guilty to assisting Mr Greene in the purchase of various implements at Woodie's, Mr Price, B&Q and Shoe Zone, Tallaght, Dublin 24 on June 9, 2017, which were to be used in the concealment of the remains of Mrs O'Connor. 

 

Mr Johnston also denies 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 any evidence relating to the murder of Mrs O'Connor. 

 

Stephanie O'Connor has pleaded not (NOT) guilty to disguising herself as Mrs O'Connor at Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 at a point in time after her murder on May 29, 2017 in order to conceal the fact that she was already dead. 

 

Mrs O'Connor was first reported missing on June 1, 2017 and a number of her body parts, including her head and hands, were discovered dispersed around a 30kms area later that month. The deceased had worked at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin and had retired about a year before she died. 

 

The trial continues this afternoon before Mr Justice Paul McDermott and a jury of six men and six women. It is expected to last between five and seven weeks.