One of Patricia O’Connor’s neighbours has told the Central Criminal Court he did not see anything out of the ordinary on the night she was alleged to have gone missing.
Sam Lin was giving evidence in the trial of 34-year-old Kieran Greene who denies murdering Mrs O’Connor – his partner’s mother – on 29 May 2017.
Mr Lin told prosecuting counsel, Roisin Lacey that he had lived next door to the O’Connor’s house at Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham in Dublin since 2002 and described them as good neighbours and very nice people.
The first he knew anything was wrong, he said, was on 13 June 2017 when gardaí called to his home to look at his CCTV system. The following day he gave gardaí permission to remove the system from his house.
He said he did not see anything out of the ordinary on 29 May. He noticed the young children in the O’Connors house had not been out playing or calling for his child in the weeks since then. However, he acknowledged the weather had been bad and his son had been sick.
Under cross-examination, Mr Lin said his neighbours were aware of his CCTV system.
Kieran Greene denies murdering 61-year-old Patricia O’Connor, the mother of his partner Louise O’Connor, on 29 May 2017.
Louise, her daughter Stephanie, and Stephanie’s father Keith Johnston all deny impeding the apprehension or prosecution of Mr Greene.
Mrs O’Connor’s body was found in 15 parts in nine locations in the Wicklow Mountains in June 2017.
The trial has also been hearing evidence of controlled purchases made by gardaí in a number of DIY shops, based on receipts they found during their investigation.
Gardaí viewed CCTV from B&Q on the Belgrade Road in Tallaght and saw a man they believed to be Kieran Greene accompanied by a man they believed to be Keith Johnston purchasing a number of items.
They then purchased the exact same items, which included extra strong black refuse sacks, builder’s gloves, a saw, two hacksaws and a protection sheet.
In Woodies, they bought some Stanley knife blades and two axes identical to items bought on 9 June.