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Nadine Lott suffered ‘severe blunt force trauma’, murder trial is told

Nadine Lott suffered “severe blunt force trauma” and stab accidents by the hands of her former accomplice “in a sustained attack” in her Arklow house, a Central Criminal Court jury has heard.

Opening the trial of Daniel Murtagh on Tuesday, prosecution counsel John O’Kelly SC stated the courtroom will hear proof that the accidents to Ms Lott had been “so serious” that she by no means regained consciousness and died three days later in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.

Mr Murtagh (34), of Melrose Grove, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 has pleaded not responsible to homicide however responsible to the manslaughter of his 30-year-old ex-partner Ms Lott at her house in St Mary’s Court, Arklow, Co Wicklow on December seventeenth, 2019.

Following the opening deal with, defence counsel Brendan Grehan SC, for Mr Murtagh, made quite a few admissions of truth to the courtroom on behalf of his consumer. These included that the accused accepted that he had unlawfully killed Ms Lott and he “alone inflicted the injuries she suffered”.

The challenge to be determined by the jury, Mr Grehan stated, might be his intent and within the “broader sense his mental state at the time”.

Addressing the jury of seven males and 5 ladies, Mr O’Kelly stated a case “like this can be very distressing” and there could be a whole lot of “very distressing issues” which can come up within the trial. “But you as judges have to approach the evidence objectively,” he stated.

‘Probable consequences’

One can not get contained in the thoughts of Mr Murtagh on the day when he inflicted these accidents on Ms Lott, Mr O’Kelly stated, however what one can do is have a look at his conduct when he inflicted them and “ask ourselves what are the natural and probable consequences of doing that to someone”.

“If you want to know what someone intended to do, look at what they did,” he added.

Counsel requested the jury to have a look at the information, context and conduct of Mr Murtagh when he inflicted the accidents to Ms Lott. “On that basis you will reach your conclusion as to his intent at the time,” he indicated.

Outlining the information of the case, Mr O’Kelly stated that Ms Lott lived in Wicklow and it was organized that Mr Murtagh would come down from Dublin on the night of December thirteenth. It was later determined that Mr Murtagh would keep in a single day in Ms Lott’s house.

One of the issues that made this later association extra appropriate, the barrister stated, was {that a} celebration had been organised for Ms Lott’s aunt, which was being held within the native pub. “Friends of the family were going along and Nadine was bringing a cake,” he remarked.

As a results of Mr Murtagh staying in a single day in Ms Lott’s house, this meant Ms Lott may go to the “family do”, he stated.

Met in Australia

Detailing the background of the accused and Ms Lott’s relationship, counsel stated they’d met in Darwin in Australia when the Arklow girl was on “a year’s working holiday”. Having spent a while in Perth, Ms Lott had moved to Darwin the place she met Mr Murtagh, the courtroom heard.

Despite the truth that each people had been from Ireland, Mr O’Kelly stated, they’d by no means encountered one another earlier than their assembly in Darwin. The pair began going out collectively and Ms Lott later organized to return to Ireland, he stated. Mr Murtagh stayed on in Australia for some months after which he additionally returned to Ireland.

Upon his return, Mr Murtagh lived with Ms Lott and her mom for a while. The accused and Ms Lott moved into an house after a couple of months however sadly that didn’t actually work out, stated counsel.

“It ended up with Nadine moving back into her mother’s and Mr Murtagh went back to his parents in Clondalkin,” he stated.

Around 2016, Ms Lott and Mr Murtagh received again collectively once more for a short time and so they deliberate to get a home or an house however this “fell through”.

On the night earlier than the killing, Ms Lott received modified and went out to her aunt’s celebration. The mother-of-one left the celebration round 1.30am and received a taxi with a few different folks from the celebration again to her house.

Mr O’Kelly stated the occasions of the following couple of hours are unclear but it surely did seem that Ms Lott had received dressed for mattress as she had turned into her pyjamas and her gown had been folded.

Heard somebody scream

Shortly after 3.30am, Mr O’Kelly stated the proof might be {that a} neighbour heard somebody scream. “There was a lot of noise and some time after 4am, the neighbour looked out the window of their apartment and could see that the door to Ms Lott’s apartment was open,” he stated.

Eventually one of many neighbours who had appeared out of the window determined to go to Ms Lott’s house and see what was occurring. She noticed Ms Lott being “attacked” on the bottom of the lounge by Mr Murtagh.

The neighbour then contacted emergency companies and paramedics got here to the scene.

The courtroom will even hear proof, the lawyer stated, from the primary garda who arrived on the home earlier than the paramedics. “She was taking instructions over the telephone for CPR,” he added.

Ms Lott’s mom additionally got here to her daughter’s home earlier than paramedics arrived and assisted on the scene.

Ms Lott was introduced by ambulance to St Vincent’s Hospital. The jury will even hear proof of how she was “moved on from the trauma team into the intensive care unit” and remained there “under intense treatment” for the following few days till she died on December seventeenth.

The courtroom heard there might be forensic proof of what was discovered within the house and a report from the State Pathologist who carried out the autopsy on the deceased.

Mr O’Kelly stated there was proof of in depth blunt pressure trauma to Ms Lott’s face, an incised wound to the left facet of the neck and a stab wound to the fitting facet of the neck.

“All the injuries combined to cause significant haemorrhage and blood loss and suggest a sustained assault from blunt force trauma. It led to the development of multiple cardiac arrest resulting in traumatic brain injury,” he stated.

In relation to the proof in opposition to the accused, Mr O’Kelly stated he left the house round 4.30am after “the attack” and took his Volvo automobile from exterior and drove it away. “We don’t know what happened for the next few hours,” he stated.

Around 7am that morning and a few 31 kms away from Ms Lott’s house, Mr Murtagh crashed his automobile right into a ditch in Laragh and obtained some minor accidents.

Some folks observed him and stopped their automobile to take care of him. The jury will hear that Mr Murtagh advised the person that he had “killed his wife”.

Mr O’Kelly stated the accused additionally advised paramedics that he had “killed his girlfriend”.

“The prosecution submit that what is significant is that when Mr Murtagh met these people the next morning between 7.30am and 8am, his state of mind was that he had killed Nadine,” stated counsel.

The trial continues this afternoon earlier than Mr Justice Michael MacGrath and 12 jurors. It is predicted to final two weeks.

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