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As a little girl I saw my dad drown mum in bath, Belfast court told

A Northern Ireland woman who said she saw her father drown her mother in a bath 15 years ago has claimed she didn't know why she didn’t tell police about how the murder was carried out when officers interviewed her just 24 hours later.

Belfast Crown Court heard that, when police took a statement from a Kelly Lorraine Keeley, then aged six, the day after her mother's death, she didn't mention seeing her father kill her mother.

A defence lawyer said that, in the statement, Miss Keeley spoke of finding her mother sleeping in the bath at her Staffa Drive home in Ballymena with her head under the water.

She said she recalled her father, who lifted his wife out of the bath, tried to revive her and told Miss Keeley to call 999.

Miss Keeley, now aged 22, was giving evidence for a second day at the trial of her 51-year-old father William Mawhinney, who denies murdering her 35-year-old mother Lorraine Elizabeth Mills in May 1995.

Under cross-examination, Miss Keeley said she couldn't explain why, if she had just seen her father murder her mother, she had sat on a settee holding him after police and medics came to the house.

Miss Keeley said she hated and despised her father for what he had done. But she added that she couldn't remember living with him for a year in the mid-1990s after he was released from prison when the original murder charge against him was dropped.

Miss Keeley broke down in tears and the trial was adjourned for 35 minutes until she was able to return to the witness box.

She said she didn't recall telling a pyschologist two years after her mother's death that she had seen her father hitting his wife with a spade.

Miss Keeley said it was possible the spade incident was part of a nightmare.

“I was having very bad nightmares,” she said. “And I still get them.”

At hearing.

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