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‘I couldn’t even close my eyes to the nightmare I saw’ – murder defendant told gardaí he couldn’t tell them what happened to pensioner

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A man accused of murdering a pensioner at her own home told gardaí he could not tell them what happened, adding: “Her family won’t know. I couldn’t even close my eyes. With the nightmare I saw.”

Revor Rowe also told officers he called gardaí anonymously because he just wanted “the woman found” and was ashamed of what he had done, the Criminal Court trial said. His central court was on trial.

When the doctor told Mr Rowe that what happened to Ann Butler, 71, was not “a good thing”, the defendant replied: “It is not; it is disgusting, it is horrible, it is inhumane. “.

Mr Rowe (29), with an address at Abbey Street, Kilkenny, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mrs Butler, 71, at her home on Maudlin Street, Kilkenny on 20 March 2020.

The trial heard that Rowe told a detective he had committed “five other murders”, was working for the Kinahan Cartel and received €5,500 “for committing one murder”.

When called to the defendant’s home, the 29-year-old fell to his knees, cried uncontrollably, and said, “I killed a woman. I murdered a woman. I slit her throat and stuck a knife in her head. she”.

Last Friday, a Garda witness told the court Mr Rowe could be seen on CCTV walking in the direction of Ms Butler’s home the night she was killed.

Garda Colm McMenamin testified today that Mr. Rowe was arrested on suspicion of murdering Ms. Butler at 7:38 a.m. on March 25, 2020. Mr. Garda told the court that at one stage he was sitting on a bed in his cell. and shook his head, the defendant said, “What have I done, now he’s just going home.”

The next witness, Detective Sergeant Brian Sheeran, told Garrett McCormack BL, the prosecutor, that the first interview took place with Mr Rowe at Kilkenny garda station on March 26, when the defendant said he “just want the woman found”.

When the gardaí asked the defendant why that was, Rowe said: “Because I want the woman to be found. Now that she’s been found, that’s good enough for me. I’m satisfied with that.”

The defendant said he took 90mg of methadone a day and agreed it would keep him away from the “device”, but he would have a “strange slip”.

“Listen, you don’t know what it feels like to be sick from taking drugs,” he added.

Mr Rowe said he did not remember being arrested the night before.

When gardaí told him he had something on his mind, that he told gardaí what he had done and then took the gardaí to the deceased’s home, he said, “I don’t even remember that. Shall I take you home?”

When asked why he rang 999, the defendant said “because I want to find her”.

Gardaí asked Mr. Rowe why he felt the need to do this and he replied “because I need to”.

“How will it be better for me, I will be behind bars for the rest of my life,” Mr. Rowe said.

When detectives asked Rowe why he told them where Miss Butler was, he said: “Because I’m going to end up taking my own life and no one knows what happened.

“I was about to write a letter, the woman who didn’t believe me answered the phone [on Tuesday] and she thought it was a joke. I told her I murdered someone.”

Defendant said he didn’t tell the woman on the phone that he had about six phones at home, he took the SIM out of one of the phones and dialed 999.

Referring to the night of March 20, Rowe said this was the first time he drank alcohol in four years. “I took 40 cans of D5 (Diazepam) and one can of Budweiser,” he said, adding that he took them before the Maudlin Street incident.

Defendant repeated to gardaí that “all I wanted was to find her, that’s all”.

When asked if he knew Miss Butler, the defendant said he had never met her in his life.

“Did you know she was there?” Gardai asked. “I don’t,” replied the defendant.

When asked if there was a reason he “chosen” Mrs Butler or if he had a past with her, the defendant nodded “No”. He said he had never been in the house before March 20, 2020, and would normally never go through “that side” and “on this side”.

At one stage, Mr. Rowe said he would stick his head out the window if he didn’t get out of the interview room.

Gardaí told the defendant that Ms Butler’s family was entitled to know what had happened to her when he approached, held out his hand and demanded to be heard. “She’s closed because she’s been found,” he replied.

In his second interview, on March 26, 2020, the defendant said that the drugs affected his memory, that he had “a bit of a crack” and that he just felt “so bad.” ” to Mrs. Butler.

When gardaí asked him to tell them the truth about what “happens” in the house, Mr Rowe said: “I can’t, please… I can’t, I just can’t.”

Corporal Sheeran agrees with Mr McCormack that the defendant placed his head between his knees during this period and began to cry.

Asked again about what happened on Maudlin Street, Mr Rowe said they were “not going to bring her back”.

He continued, “I didn’t know her name until they said her name in the last interview.”

When asked to explain what happened in the house again, Mr Rowe said: “I can’t.”

Gardaí tells him that things were completely out of control that night and asks him how this happened. “I don’t know. I just remember I took 40 pills at 9:30 a.m. and a box of 12 Buds,” he said.

When shown by CCTV footage of him walking from John Street to Maudlin Street at 9:50 p.m. on March 20 and walking back at 10:42 p.m., Mr. Rowe said it was not him.

“I don’t know,” Mr. Rowe said.

When asked if he had done anything sexual with Ms Butler, he said: “No, it’s not like that. I can’t, I can’t. I just want you to know I didn’t do anything. what sex with her”.

When asked again what happened in the house, he said: “I can’t. Her family won’t know. I can’t even close my eyes with the nightmare I saw.”

He told gardaí “of course” he was ashamed of what he had done. “My head felt like it was going to explode,” he added.

When asked if he had met Ms Butler before, the defendant said “it was just coincidental.”

He was also asked why he had come to that particular house on Maudlin Street. “I suppose it’s just a coincidence, it could have been anyone else’s.”

The defendant said he did not know there were women living there.

He said he called emergency services “just so the body would be found” and because of “regret”.

Detective Sergeant James O’Brien testified before the trial that he found Mrs Butler’s body with a laceration to her neck, a wound to her head and that her left ear was apparently missing when he entered her home.

The trial continues tomorrow before Justice Karen O’Connor and a jury of seven men and five women.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/i-cant-even-close-my-eyes-with-the-nightmare-i-see-murder-accused-told-gardai-he-could-not-tell-them-what-happened-to-pensioner-41425532.html ‘I couldn’t even close my eyes to the nightmare I saw’ – murder defendant told gardaí he couldn’t tell them what happened to pensioner

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