Paramedic tells murder trial that scene where Paul Jones’s body found was ‘covered in blood’

A paramedic told a murder trial today that the lobby where the body of a man lay was “covered in blood” and she knew he was dead because he was cold.

Helen Jones, 54, and her co-accused Keith O’Hara, 43, both of 27 Cahergal Avenue, Mayfield, Cork, are charged with murdering Paul Jones on September 4, 2019 at 108 Bandon Road, Cork. Both have pleaded not guilty to the same murder charge.

Victim Paul Jones was found at his home on Bandon Road, Cork

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Victim Paul Jones was found at his home on Bandon Road, Cork
His sister Helen Jones and Keith O'Hara are accused of murder

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His sister Helen Jones and Keith O’Hara are accused of murder

Giving evidence yesterday, Vivienne Forde of the Cork Ambulance Service said she could not push the front door of Mr Jones’ home fully open so she reached in with her gloved hand. She said the body of the 52-year-old was cold to touch.

She said: “The scene was covered in blood”.

The fire service was called to get access to the small terraced house on the Southside of the city which they did, allowing paramedics and Gardai to get into the hallway and the body of the man.

Ms Forde said: “I found him lying with his feet towards the front door and his head towards the sitting room. He was lying on his right side.

“I was trying to get at the body, but because of all the blood on the floor I did not want to step in the blood and compromise what could be a crime scene”.

She said Mr Jones was a big man and she confirmed he was dead. His arms and legs were bent up and he was covered in blood.

The murder trial which opened on Wednesday in the Central Criminal Court in Cork was told that the 52 year old victim found dead on September 7, 2019 suffered 25 stab wounds to his body and a deep “chop wound to his head” inflicted by a machete.

The court heard the possible motive for the murder was a row between murder accused Helen Jones and her brothers Paul and Liam over the inheritance of the family home in which she was living with Keith O’Hara.

Under the terms of the Jones’ father’s will the property was left to the brothers with an agreement she could live there until she got married.”

Each of the them face an additional charge of trespass at the house with the intent to cause serious harm to Mr Jones on the same day and have entered not guilty pleas in respect of these.

The trial, before a jury of five women and seven men, and Mr Justice Michael McGrath is expected to last up to four weeks.

Ms Jones was living with co-accused Keith O'Hara at the time of the alleged murder

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Ms Jones was living with co-accused Keith O’Hara at the time of the alleged murderCredit: Provision
The case is being heard in Cork Criminal Court

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The case is being heard in Cork Criminal Court

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