Woman pleads not guilty to murdering her brother in Cork two years ago – as jury sworn in ahead of trial

THE sister of a man found dead in his Cork home over two years ago has pleaded not guilty to his murder.

Helen Jones, 54, of 27 Cahergal Avenue, Mayfield, Cork, appeared before the Central Criminal Court sitting in Cork charged with murdering Paul Jones, 52, on September 4 2019 at 108 Bandon Road, Cork.

Helen Jones who will face trial tomorrow in Cork

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Helen Jones who will face trial tomorrow in Cork
Paul Jones

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Paul Jones

Her co-accused Keith O’Hara, 43, also of 27 Cahergal Avenue, pleaded not guilty to the same murder charge.

Each of the defendants face an additional charge of trespass at the house on the same day.

Helen Jones is charged that she entered 108 Bandon Road as a trespasser with intent to cause harm to Paul Jones while carrying a knife.

O’Hara is charged with trespassing with intent to cause serious harm to Paul Jones.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to these charges.

Prosecution senior counsel Siobhán Lankford said the case would open tomorrow.

Mr Justice Michael McGrath told the newly sworn jury of five women and seven men it was anticipated that the case could last for four weeks.

Over 170 witnesses are listed to appear to give evidence in the case.

The judge said to the jury members “Do not make any independent enquiries. Do not look up information in respect of any people involved in the case – the accused or any legal person. Don’t go on your phones or any search engines.

“You should not discuss this with anyone. It is very very important that the integrity of the system is maintained and that you decide the case on the basis of what you hear in court.

“The case might attract publicity and insofar as it does, do not read anything or listen to anything that might emerge on the media. That is no criticism of the media but just not to be unduly influenced by something you might have read or heard or seen in relation to this case.”

It is anticipated that Ms Lankford will open the case tomorrow, which will include an outline of what the prosecution anticipates the evidence in the trial will be.

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