Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Wife of man hacked to death ‘lied giving evidence’

A woman whose husband was hacked to death in front of her lied throughout evidence she gave against three men convicted of his murder, the Court of Appeal has heard.

Defence lawyers claimed the guilty verdicts returned against Christopher Stokes, Edward Stokes and Martin Stokes were unsafe, arguing that confusing instructions had been given to the jury.

All three were found guilty of murdering father-of-three John Mongan in west Belfast, in February 2008, and sentenced to a combined total of at least 58 years in prison.

Philip Magee SC, for Christopher Stokes, said Julia Mongan claimed to have seen the intruders’ faces as they attacked her husband. Other witnesses stated that the men's faces were covered as they emerged from the house.

Mr Magee said she had “demonstrably and palpably” told lies in crucial parts.

The appeal continues.

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