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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Man accused of killing wife 'put gun in his mouth'

Patricia and Oliver Kierans
Patricia and Oliver Kierans

A MURDER trial has heard that a Cavan man accused of murdering his wife appeared "depressed" in the days leading up to her death and talked about "having a gun in his mouth".

Oliver Kierans (57), of Drumbannon, Bailieboro, Cavan, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Patricia Kierans on September 5, 2013, at the same address.

He also pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun and not guilty to intent to endanger life with the same shotgun.

Taking to the stand, Ronan Lynch said he had known both Oliver and Patricia Kierans for more than 10 years.

He said Oliver contacted him on August 31, 2013, to ask if he could borrow his jeep.

"He rang me at about 9 o'clock in the morning and asked if he could get a loan of the jeep. I met him at 3 o'clock outside The Square bar and he dropped me back home."

When asked about Mr Kierans demeanour, Mr Lynch described the accused as having been "depressed".

"He wasn't in great form. He seemed down in the dumps. He was talking about Pat and how she was accusing him of having an affair.

"He was talking about having a gun in his mouth and saying he was going to shoot himself and how he looked over at a photo of his grandson and that's what stopped him."

The court heard from a local dressmaker, Sandra Miller, that Mrs Kierans had made an appointment to meet her on September 5, 2013.

"She (Patricia Kierans) was supposed to call to my house. I rang her to let her know I wouldn't be there and there was no answer."

When asked if she had seen Oliver Kierans, Ms Miller said he had come to her house the Sunday before. "The Sunday before, he called over and asked me did I see Pat. He wanted me to give her a message that he was concerned about her."

Under cross examination, Mr Anthony Sammon SC defending asked Ms Miller if Patricia had been involved in tarot cards, to which she replied "yes".

When asked if she herself used tarot cards, she replied no but added that she had gone to a medium who she had first heard of through the deceased.

naggins

"I used to go to a medium. Patricia said there was a medium coming to her sisters and she asked me if I was interested."

Taking to the stand, manager of the local off-license Clarkes, Damien O'Reilly, said that Oliver bought two naggins of whiskey from him on the morning of the September 5.

"I opened as usual at 7.30 that morning. At around 9 o'clock, Oliver called in and bought two naggins of whiskey."

The trial continues today before Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly and a jury of five women and seven men.

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