Friday 15 February 2019

Man drank wine and watched telly before killing mum, trial told

Paul Horgan outside court
Paul Horgan outside court

A young man charged with the murder of his mother drank two bottles of wine while watching seven episodes of Family Guy and a Harry Potter film and told gardai he had no recollection of the fatal stabbing.

The Central Criminal Court murder trial of Paul Horgan (27) heard that his mother, Marian (60), was found lying in a pool of blood at their Cork home with a large knife embedded in her head.

Mr Horgan denies the murder at the family home at Murmont Avenue, Montenotte, on November 23, 2015.

His father, Billy, also suffered serious injuries that morning.

Judge Patrick McCarthy and the jury of nine men and three women were told by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster that Ms Horgan died from a single stab injury to her head.

The knife was embedded in her head when she was found by gardai at the scene.

Dr Bolster said Ms Horgan died from shock and haemorrhage as a result of a stab wound that penetrated the rear of her skull, severed her left jugular vein, travelled underneath her jawbone and lodged in her tongue.

She had also suffered a stab wound to her back and had defensive injuries to her hands.

"Significant force would have been required to inflict this fatal wound," Dr Bolster said.

Det Gda Derek Griffin confirmed that a number of bloodstained knives were recovered at the property.

Ms Horgan's blood was later found on her son's T-shirt, his hoodie and his shoes.

Det Gda Mark Durcan was the first officer at the scene and said he saw two men forcibly restraining a blood-stained young man on the road.


The detective was told by local man Fergus O'Donoghue, who was holding Mr Horgan, that: "He is after stabbing his parents - I think his mam is dead."

Det Gda Durcan went into the property and saw an injured Billy Horgan desperately ringing an ambulance for his critically injured wife.

However, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paul Horgan was arrested and taken to Mayfield Garda Station for questioning.

In an interview with Det Gda Durcan he insisted he had absolutely no recollection of the fatal confrontation.

"I just remember pieces. I just remember this morning there was a guard and then the cell door," he said.

"I was drinking to forget. I don't remember anything after the second bottle of wine."

Mr Horgan said he had spent the entire previous day in bed, only getting up at 6pm.

He watched TV and, at around 2am, took two bottles of wine that belonged to his mother and started drinking them.

He said he watched around seven episodes of Family Guy and then a Harry Potter film.

"Deathly Hallows Part II is the last thing I can remember watching," he added.

When told that his father said he had attacked both him and his mother with knives that morning, he expressed surprise.

"Two knives? That explains the cuts, I suppose. Knives? What the f**k. I'll probably get life. I never harmed anyone before," he said.

The trial continues.

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