It took a jury just an hour and 19 minutes this evening to find a man who beat, stabbed and mutilated a pensioner at her home for her murder.
The trial of the Central Criminal Court heard evidence that on March 25, 2020, three anonymous calls 999 times were traced to defendant Trevor Rowe (30 years old), including one called that he said he had murdered a woman 5 days earlier and the location of the body was Maudlin Street in Kilkenny.
When Gardai called Rowe’s house, he fell to his knees, cried non-stop, and said, “I killed a woman. I killed a woman. I slit her throat and stuck a knife in her head. “.
Rowe, of Abbey Street, Kilkenny has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Ann Butler, 71, at her home in Maudlin Street, Kilkenny on March 20, 2020.
Chief pathologist Linda Mulligan testified that the pensioner’s body was discovered mutilated after she was beaten, stabbed and slashed in her throat, while a large piece of cardboard was also found. found in the back of her mouth.
The court heard that “a strip” of Mrs Butler’s ear was later found in the living room and Dr Mulligan agreed that part of the victim’s ear had been amputated.
The jury agreed with the prosecution’s case that the “only reasonable conclusion” was that Rowe intended to cause death or serious injury to the pensioner when he “stuffed” a large piece of cardboard. into her throat without the pathologist knowing of its existence. until the back of her mouth was dissected.
The 12 jurors also heard that Rowe had accepted in his interview with garda that he killed the woman but declined to say why, telling detectives it was work with “nobody; just me, God, and that woman.”
When asked by Gardai why he couldn’t tell them what he did to Miss Butler, Rowe replied: “because it’s disgusting.”
The defendant also told officers he would return to Mrs Butler’s home “to cut off her legs and bury her feet in one place and bury her arms in another” but instead made a phone call. anonymously to the gardai so they can find her body.
Sitting in the back of the patrol car, Rowe told officers: “I thought it was going to be an easy encounter, what did I do?”
He also told detectives that he had committed “five other murders”, was working for the Kinahan Cartel and received €5,500 “for committing one murder”.
It took 12 jurors just one hour and 19 minutes to unanimously reject the intoxication defense made by Rowe, who said the amount of drinks and drugs he consumed that day prevented him from doing so. intent on killing or causing serious injury. Mrs Butler.
Rowe told gardai in his interviews that he shot “40 D5’s” [Diazepam] and had been drinking all day before the incident on Maudlin Street.
Following the verdict, Ms. Justice Karen O’Connor thanked the jury for the time and effort it took to serve. “You’re always on time, coming in every day and listening carefully throughout,” she said.
The judge offered condolences to Butler’s family and said she knew it was a difficult time for them.
Ms. Justice O’Connor will sentence Rowe to life in prison on April 1 and hold the accused until that date.
On that day, the Butler family will have the opportunity to make a statement to the court about the impact Ann’s death has had on their lives.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/man-found-guilty-of-the-murder-of-pensioner-ann-butler-71-at-her-kilkenny-home-41437578.html Man found guilty of murdering pensioner Ann Butler (71) at her Kilkenny home