Partner of murder victim recalls ‘terrifying’ events in court

Kieran McLaughlin who has denied the murder of Barry McRory.  (NewspixIrl)
Kieran McLaughlin who has denied the murder of Barry McRory. (NewspixIrl)

The partner of Barry McCrory has recalled the terrifying events leading up to his “execution’’ at the flat they shared in Derry.

Elizabeth Timoney was giving evidence on the second day of the trial of Kieran McLaughlin, who is accused of murdering Mr McCrory at his flat in Shipquay Street on October 10, 2013.

McLaughlin, 60, of Elaghmore Park, Galliagh, denies the murder and also denies possessing a sawn-off, 12-bore double-barrelled shotgun, shotgun cartridges, a Mauser pistol and ammunition with intent to endanger life, and possessing an imitation Walther pistol between October 9 and October 17, 2013.

However, he pleaded guilty to possessing the firearms and ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

The prosecution claim McLaughlin shot dead Mr McCrory as he slept in his bed, firing four rounds from the shotgun into his torso and head.

His partner told Mr Justice Horner, sitting without a jury in the Diplock trial, that she was in the living room of her third floor flat when she answered the intercom buzzer between 10am and 10.30am.

She said she didn’t ask who it was, thinking it was either one of her daughters coming to visit or possibly a postman.

The mother of three told the court: “I answered the door and I was confronted by a man with a mask, goggles and dark clothing.

“He told me to get down on the floor and he told me not to speak and not to move for 10 minutes. I did that...

“I remember lying on the floor and I heard him shouting, ‘drug-dealing scumbag’.

“Then I heard a shot – it was a like a boom... A couple of seconds later there was another ‘boom’, and then there was a third and fourth ‘boom’. I heard nothing else after that.’’

Under cross-examination, Ms Timoney said she had only met Kieran McLaughlin “once or twice”.

She confirmed that during police interviews she told detectives: “The man in my flat was a stranger to me.’’

The trial continues.