Ac­cused ‘thought pair may be mo­lesters’

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Natasha Reid

A MAN on trial charged with mur­der said he poured boil­ing wa­ter over a dis­abled pen­sioner’s gen­i­tals and beat his el­derly brother in bed be­cause he thought that maybe they were child mo­lesters as they lived to­gether.

Alan Caw­ley, 30, is ac­cused of mur­der­ing Thomas Blaine and John (Jack) Blaine in their Co. Mayo home. Sergeant Hugh O’Don­nell tes­ti­fied yes­ter­day that he in­ter­viewed Mr Caw­ley fol­low­ing his ar­rest.

The court heard Mr Caw­ley had been in the kitchen of the house with Jack Blaine. Mr Caw­ley said: ‘He was very clingy and he wouldn’t speak prop­erly, so I asked, “What’s wrong? What are you look­ing for?” I felt the best idea was to show the man that men can’t al­ways get what they want... that if I in­flicted some pain, it would make up for ev­ery­thing in the past.’

He said he beat him with a stick be­fore mak­ing his way to the front door. How­ever, he said he saw an­other man in a bed at the front of the house. ‘I thought that if they were liv­ing to­gether, maybe that the two of them were child mo­lesters,’ he said.

He said he hit this man with a stick about 25 times be­fore re­turn­ing to the first man.

‘I thought it was a fit­ting pun­ish­ment to put hot wa­ter on his gen­i­tal area,’ he said. He said he did this af­ter first wait­ing for a ket­tle to boil.

The court heard that State pathol­o­gist Marie Cas­sidy car­ried out post-mortems on the broth­ers. She tes­ti­fied that each had been the vic­tim of a vi­o­lent as­sault.

She said that ‘there ap­pears to have been what pathol­o­gists call “overkill”, with nu­mer­ous in­juries, far more than nec­es­sary to sub­due, over­come or kill a per­son’.

Mr Caw­ley, of Four Winds, Cor­rin­bla, Ballina, Co. Mayo, ad­mits killing the broth­ers but de­nies mur­der­ing them on July 10, 2013, at New Antrim Street in Castle­bar. The Cen­tral Crim­i­nal Court trial con­tin­ues.

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