Wexford mother breaks down in tears at murder trial19/04/2012 - 13:02:34
The Wexford mother of a baby boy who was allegedly murdered by her then-boyfriend Philip Doyle has broken down in tears while giving evidence at his trial today.
The 34-year-old of Tinakilly, Aughrim, Co Wicklow denies murdering baby Ross Murphy at their home in Creagh Desmesne, Gorey, Co Wexford on April 5, 2005.
Leona Murphy was distraught as she described returning home to find her lifeless baby boy lying on the coffee table with no clothes on.
She had stepped out to get a DVD on the evening of Sunday April 3, but received a phone call from her boyfriend Philip telling her to come back.
Ms Murphy said that she rang the ambulance but lied to medics, telling them that she had been at home.
Asked why she said this by the prosecution, she replied: "I didn't want my mam to know I wasn't there, she didn't like him."
Earlier in the trial, she said that she began dating Mr Doyle while pregnant with Ross. She said that following the birth, she refused to put her boyfriend down as the father on the birth certificate.
Mr Doyle claims that he tripped and fell while holding the baby, but the prosecution alleges the brain trauma and injuries suffered did not arise from an accident.
The trial continues.
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