‘Just me, God and that woman’ – murder defendant refuses to give reason for murder pensioner, trial

A man accused of murdering a pensioner in her home told gardaí he killed the woman but declined to say why, telling detectives it involved “nobody at all.” ; just me, God, and that woman”.

hen asked why he couldn’t tell them what he did to 71-year-old Ann Butler, Trevor Rowe replied, “because it’s disgusting,” his trial heard.

Mr Rowe also told officers he would return to Ann Butler’s home “to chop off her leg and bury her foot in one place and bury her arm in another” but instead called anonymously. for gardaí so they can find her body, his Center. Criminal Court heard.

When the gardaí asked the defendant if he accepted that he killed Mrs. Butler, he replied: “Yes, I did. I accept I killed a woman, that’s all it was.” I will tell.”

Mr. Rowe (30), of Abbey Street, Kilkenny, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 71-year-old Mrs Butler at her home on Maudlin Street, Kilkenny on 20 March 2020.

In his first interview, Rowe told gardaí that he called gardaí anonymously because he just wanted “the woman found” and was ashamed of what he had done. The court heard evidence that on March 25, 2020, 999 calls were made, including one where a man said he murdered someone and the location of the body. is on Maudlin Street in Kilkenny.

On Wednesday, Detective Sergeant Brian Sheeran, told Garrett McCormack BL, who is prosecuting, that the third of four interviews took place with Mr. Rowe at Kilkenny Garda Station on March 26.

Early in his third interview, Mr. Rowe accepted that when the gardaí called his home the day before, he said: “I killed a woman. I murdered a woman. I slit her throat. and stuck a knife in her head.”

Gardaí told the defendant they “truly didn’t believe” him at the time and asked Mr Rowe why he thought so. “Because you know me, a lot of people wouldn’t believe that I would do something like that because I’m not that kind of person,” he replied.

“I almost helped an old man shop before I did something stupid, sly, horrible and inhumane,” he added.

Mr. Rowe said: “I’m going to prison to make a living, adding that he already knows ‘people who live’ in prison, ‘many of them’.

When the gardaí asked Rowe if he would accept he killed Mrs. Butler, the defendant said: “Yes, I did. I accept I killed a woman; that’s all I’ll say.” .

“I know she’s dead and I can’t bring her back and I’m sorry about that but I can’t bring her back,” Mr Rowe continued.

When the gardaí told Mr Rowe they were trying to determine why Ms Butler died, the defendant said they would find out when the autopsy report was received. “You don’t need me to specifically say what you’ll know in a day or two,” he added.

Gardaí told the defendant they did not know why he murdered Mrs. Butler. “You don’t have to know because it has nothing to do with you; plain and simple,” he said.

The detectives asked who the defendant was related to. “No one, just me, God and that woman,” he replied.

Officers said they had to determine why Ms Butler died the way she did. “Yes, it’s your duty to do that but I’m just telling you you’re not going to take it from me,” Mr. Rowe said.

“It’s not fair to Ann Butler and her family,” gardaí said, to which the defendant replied “who cares about them, I don’t.”

At one stage, Mr Rowe said he stopped talking because he was just “digging a deeper hole” for himself.

Gardaí suggested to the defendant that the hole could not be any deeper. “Oh, I believe it can,” he replied.

“How do you think it could go deeper, you told us you killed a woman?” Gardai asked. “I know I did the right thing, I said it 101 times and now I’m sick of saying it. I told you where the corpse was, I told you where I killed her, that’s all there is to it. I’m doing, I’ve had enough,” replied Mr. Rowe.

Detectives told the defendant that there was nothing more serious than taking someone’s life. “You think I don’t know?” he answered.

Once again, Mr. Rowe reiterated that he would not know how Mrs. Butler died.

“That’s not fair to the Butlers,” said gardaí.

In response, Mr Rowe said: “The Butlers know their mother is dead and that’s it.”

The defendant then told his uncle that he would “come back and chop off her legs and bury her hands in another but I know you’re not and I called you and told me to go find you.”

“If I hadn’t come to you, you’d probably have another dead body on a rock,” he added.

He then asked the officers to stop talking about Ms Butler because she was “gone” and there was nothing he could do about it. “You won’t find out to me what happened in that house, what happened in that house will be between that person and me, that person Ann, I don’t even know her name, that’s true. horrible,” he continued. .

When the gardaí informed Mr Rowe that Mrs Butler was in a Dublin morgue, the defendant told officers that they had “committed a crime by tricking” him into confessing.

The defendant stood at the window of the interview room and began to cry when the doctor told him that Mrs. Butler had suffered six stab wounds to the back and one to the neck. When asked what he had stuffed into the deceased’s mouth, the defendant just sobbed, sat on the windowsill and nodded in agreement.

Mr. Rowe agreed with her that the deceased was still many years ahead of her and did not deserve what had happened to her.

Asked why Mr Rowe couldn’t tell them what he had done to Ms Butler, the defendant said “because it was disgusting” and nodded in agreement that his actions scared him.

When the gardaí gave a cross to the defendant, Mr Rowe said he did not want it near him but would not tell officers why.

Gardaí told the defendant he killed Mrs Butler and had “the audacity to take the cross”. [depiction of Jesus]”and left the crucifix in her house, which they said was ‘perfect together’.

“Are they?” asked the defendant which Gardaí said they did.

Under cross-examination, Det Sgt Sheeran agreed with Kathleen Leader SC, defending, that her client had no connection to the “Kinahan gang”.

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

Later, Claire Greaney from Forensic Science Ireland testified that a wooden cross was recovered from Mrs Butler’s home on Maudlin Street and a “Christian figure” was found in Mr Rowe’s apartment on Abbey Street. She examined the wooden crucifix and the “Jesus figure” to see if they were from the same cross unit. The witness said her discovery provided “incredibly strong support” that the wooden cross and the original “Jesus figure” were from the same cross unit rather than none.

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 jury also heard that Mr. Rowe told the gardaí: “I thought it would be an easy touch. What did I do?”

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

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/just-me-god-and-that-woman-murder-accused-refused-to-give-gardai-reason-for-killing-pensioner-trial-hears-41429567.html ‘Just me, God and that woman’ – murder defendant refuses to give reason for murder pensioner, trial

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