Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Man ‘sent threatening text ahead of killing’

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