A man accused of murdering a 71-year-old pensioner at her home told a detective that he had committed “five other murders”, was working for the Kinahan corporation and received €5,500 “for the cause” committed a murder,” his trial.
hen gardaí called the defendant’s home, the 29-year-old fell to his knees, cried uncontrollably, and said: “I killed a woman. I killed a woman. I slit her throat and stuck a knife in it. her head”.
Trevor Rowe (29), of Abbey Street, Kilkenny, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 71-year-old Ann Butler at her home on Maudlin Street, Kilkenny, on 20 March 2020.
Giving evidence today, Kilkenny garda station Detective Garda Martin Power told John O’Kelly SC, who was indicted, that he was on duty at 6:40 p.m. on March 25 when he went to assist. his colleagues on Cathedral Street, who were investigating the origin of a number of anonymous phone calls made to 999 emergency service centers in Waterford.
The detective said he knew that the caller indicated that he had murdered a woman, her body was in the back of the Langtons Hotel and if this wasn’t taken seriously he would. another murder.
When he called the defendant’s home, Det Gda Power said the door was open and he could hear an incoherent voice, which he believes belonged to Mr. Rowe, coming from upstairs on the property.
The detective walked upstairs, into an open-plan living room, and met Mr. Rowe, who was standing in front of the couch and appeared to be rummaging with both hands behind his back.
Det Gda Power said the defendant recognized him. “I asked him what he was doing with his hands and he pulled out two screwdrivers, one in each hand. I asked him to put the screwdriver down and he did as I asked. me and put them aside,” he said.
The witness said he then asked the defendant what he knew about the 999 phone calls. “He went around to the back of the couch and cried on his knees,” he said.
The detective testified that the defendant then told him, “I killed a woman. I killed a woman. I slit her throat and stuck a knife in her head on March 20th. on Maudlin Street.”
Det Gda Power explained to Mr. Rowe that the gardaí had conducted a search of Maudlin Street and that no one was there. “He said it was a second home after the Langtons,” the detective said.
The witness asked Rowe if he showed him where the body was on Maudlin Street and the defendant agreed to take him there.
“He was clearly under the influence of intoxicants and I observed bottles of Budweiser in his apartment,” he added.
Det Gda Power said those accused they claimed had committed five other murders were working for “Kinahans” and were paid €5,500 “for committing one murder”.
“I’ve known Trevor Rowe for over 20 years and I didn’t believe him when he claimed to have murdered anyone,” the detective said.
Mr. Rowe was ushered into an unmarked patrol car and told Gardaí to stop when they reached Maudlin Street, just a short distance from the Langtons car park.
Det Gda Power said he walked with the defendant up Maudlin Street and at that point Rowe fell to the ground, crying and showing him the area.
“I knocked on the door and talked to a man who answered the door and he said he was fine. I asked who was in the house next door with the red door. Then I knocked on it and there was no answer.” , he says.
The detective said he opened the door because it was unlocked and when he did, “a blast of heat” hit him along with the smell of what he believed to be a decomposing body. “It was so strong that I had to cover my nose and mouth with my hand and close the door immediately,” he said.
The witness asked his colleague to check if there was a body in the house and he confirmed that there was a woman’s body in one room and that the circumstances of her death appeared suspicious.
“Mr Rowe was at the top of the stairs and on the ground crying non-stop, asking not to bring him in because he didn’t want to see the body,” the official said.
Mr. Rowe was arrested at 7:38 p.m. that evening on suspicion of murdering Mrs. Butler and transferred to Kilkenny garda station.
The witness said the defendant got very upset in the patrol car and sometimes resorted to hitting the front seat and saying “what did I do, I just want her to be found”. The defendant said he slit the woman’s throat and put a knife to her head.
“He also said he murdered another woman, cut her head off and threw it over John’s Bridge and left her body in the back of the river,” the detective said.
During the cross-examination, Det Gda Power told defense attorney Kathleen Leader SC that he had known Mr. Rowe for the past 20 years and on behalf of him.
He agreed that the defendant came from a difficult and disadvantaged background, while his mother did her best to take care of him, she had her own problems.
He also said that Rowe’s situation would be very difficult when he was young and that the authorities had taken care of him very early.
Det Gda Power said he was aware of Rowe’s drug and alcohol addiction.
The witness agreed that the defendant respected him, a man of conscience and was “a pleasure to work” in the garda station. Under the circumstances at the time, Det Gda Power agreed that he did not believe Mr. Rowe was capable of killing someone.
“I wouldn’t have known he was a violent man,” he said, adding that only when he knew there were dead people in the house did he proceed on the basis that Mr Rowe had killed them.
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/man-accused-of-murdering-woman-71-told-garda-he-had-committed-five-other-murders-and-was-working-for-kinahan-cartel-court-told-41403884.html Man accused of killing woman (71) told garda he had committed ‘five other murders’ and was working for Kinahan syndicate, court said