Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Man ‘sent threatening text ahead of killing’

Stephen Cahoon, who denies murdering his girlfriend in July last year

A Londonderry man on trial for the murder of the 30-year-old mother of his unborn son threatened to smash a phone over her head a fortnight before she was killed, a court in Dublin has heard.

Father-of-one Stephen Cahoon (37), of Harvey Street, Derry, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his ex-girlfriend Jean Teresa Quigley.

However, he admits killing the mother-of-four at her home at Cornshell Fields, Shantallow, Derry, on July 26, 2008.

The jury were yesterday given print-outs of messages between the pair, prepared by Kieran Doohan, a mobile phone expert with Forensic Science Northern Ireland.

“You better not be up there texting anyone about me or I’ll go up and smash that f*****g phone over your head,” he texted her at around 6.10pm on July 11, 2008.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.

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