Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

I wanted to hold Julie's hand, said accused

A MAN accused of partially severing his ex-girlfriend's head from her body told police he wished he was in hospital to hold her hand, a Londonderry court has heard.

A MAN accused of partially severing his ex-girlfriend's head from her body told police he wished he was in hospital to hold her hand, a Londonderry court has heard.

Forty-year-old Brian Anthony Edwards denies attempting to murder Julie McLaughlin on a remote lane near the Donegal border last year.

A number of police at the scene on Groarty Road have testified that Miss McLaughlin identified Edwards as her attacker.

Paramedics and a surgeon have described the victim's injuries as the worst they have ever seen.

Transcripts of police interviews with the defendant in the days following the January 17 attack were read to the jury yesterday.

During the course of the interviews Detective Sergeant James McConaghie described the injured party's condition to Edwards and asked how it made him feel.

He replied: "I feel for Julie. If I had my way I'd be sitting up there now beside her, holding her hand".

DS McConaghie also put to him that a paramedic described the wound to the victim's neck as the worst he had seen in his 16 years in the job.

Edwards said: "It's like something you'd see in a film like, I would never do anything like that".

At hearing.

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