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Saturday 3 December 2016

My son's murder took everything from me, says victim's mother

Dad-of-one James Humphries (32) from Glenshane in Tallaght was stabbed once in the chest and was dead within one hour from his injuries on September 22, 2013
Dad-of-one James Humphries (32) from Glenshane in Tallaght was stabbed once in the chest and was dead within one hour from his injuries on September 22, 2013

A mother has spoken of her devastation at seeing her son laid out on a "cold table" after he was murdered.

Dad-of-one James Humphries (32) from Glenshane in Tallaght was stabbed once in the chest and was dead within one hour from his injuries on September 22, 2013.

Trevor Corr (39) admitted stabbing Mr Humphries after he found him lying in his bed at Kiltalown Way, Tallaght.

Corr had pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.

Yesterday, a jury found him guilty of murder.

The Central Criminal Court heard that when Corr was asked by gardai what happened, he replied "would you not stab him if he was lying in your bed?"

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy sentenced Corr to life imprisonment and backdated it to August 1, 2015.

Two victim impact statements were read to the court by Garda Sarah Bolger of Tallaght Garda Station.

The first was written by Mr Humphries's mother, Ms Ellen Radford, who said that her son's murder "took everything" from her.

"On July 17, 1981 my son was placed in my arms for the first time, just minutes after he took his first breath. He was so precious, his face so flawless, his skin so soft and I whispered I love you son for the first time," her statement read.

Pain

The court heard how on September 25, 2013 Ms Radford was led to a "cold table" where her "beautiful son lay".

She said "this time his face was not flawless", but his skin was "only cold, very cold"

"I whispered 'I love you son' for the last time," her statement read.

Ms Radford said she has tried to find the words to describe how James's murder has impacted on her life, but there were "no adequate words" to describe "the pain, anger and despair" that she felt.

"James's murder took everything from me. It took my security and my innocence; it took my rest and my peace. I have lost my faith and trust in people. I have trouble finding joy in the simple pleasures of life," she said.

"I do not deserve to have to live the rest of my life with this pain and without my child," the statement read.

The court heard James was Ms Radford's second son and he "did not deserve to be so cruelly taken away".

James was a "loving, giving young man with a heart as big as the world" and his murder took a "father, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend" who "was greatly loved".

The court also heard a victim impact statement from the brother of the deceased, Karl Humphries. He said the death of his brother James has had a "profound effect" on him and the rest of his family.

The court heard James will "never see his son graduate from school, get married or be there at the birth of his grandchildren".

"What the future would have held for James, is unknown," the statement read.

The court heard evidence from a garda who arrived at the scene at Kiltalown Way at 6.35pm and spoke to the accused and confirmed his name.

"Mr Corr was asked what happened and he replied: 'Would you not stab him if he was lying in your bed?'" said counsel.

The court heard when the accused was asked what happened again, he replied: "I stabbed him, he was in my bed."

Witness Jason Hart, who was working at a Chinese takeaway across the road from Corr's house, was called by the prosecution to give evidence during the trial.

He said that at 6.40pm he heard "someone shouting outside" and when he looked across the road, he saw a man slumped up against the front of the house.

The court heard he went "straight across to the garden of the house" and saw "blood seeping out through his T-shirt." He dialled 999 and attempted to help the victim.

He said he also recognised Corr from living in the area.

During the trial the court heard Corr's house in Tallaght had been robbed three times and he suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) which affects one's balance and muscles.

Defence counsel for Corr, Mr Brendan Grehan SC, told the court his client expressed "his profound regret and sorrow that he caused the loss of life" of Mr Humphries.

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