Man 'butchered' in front of pregnant wife

Published Tuesday, 06 November 2012
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A man was butchered in front of his "heavily pregnant" wife and young daughter, a jury has heard.

Man 'butchered' in front of pregnant wife
John Mongan, pictured, was murdered in front of his partner. (© Pacemaker)

The Belfast Crown Court jury of six men and six women heard that despite Julia Mongan pleading for the three men to spare her husband John, they ignored her and continued with their murderous attack.

The jury also heard that the victim was hacked to death with their weapons, possibly a hatchet, a machete and a baseball bat.

At one stage during the attack which left the bedroom of the house in Fallswater Street splattered with blood, Mr Mongan's seven-year-old daughter came out of her bedroom and saw her father being battered.

In the dock accused of murdering 30-year-old father-of-two Mr Mongan in the early hours of 7 February, 2008 is 19-year-old Martin Stokes from the Glendale Road in Derry.

He is also accused of causing criminal damage to Mr Mongan's Mitsibushi Shogun jeep.

Prosecuting QC Frank O'Donoghue told the jury that on the Crown case, Mrs Mongan had positively identified Stokes, who is her cousin, as one of the three men who attacked her husband.

He also told the jury that two other witnesses, John and Kathleen Stokes, came forward last April to tell police that before the men went to Fallswater Street, they had called at their former home in Norfolk Grove.

The lawyer said Mrs Mongan's identification of Martin, Edward and Christopher Stokes was supported by the fact that Mr Mongan's blood had been found on Edward while a mobile phone associated with Christopher could be shown to have travelled from Derry to the Falls Road area of west Belfast "at a time consistent with the killing".

Recounting to the jury how Mr Mongan's death was due to multiple cuts and stabs from bladed weapons which caused "torrential bleeding," Mr O'Donoghue told the jury:

"You may feel that the nature and extent of the multiple injuries caused are such to suggest that this was intended by the persons who attacked him to be more than a beating and indeed, provide significant evidence that the attackers intended to kill John Mongan."

The trial continues. At hearing.

© UTV News
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