The trial of Kieran Greene, accused of murdering Patricia O'Connor, has heard a man accused of helping him buy items to be used to conceal the remains, told Gardaí he was with him shopping for tools, but didn't put "two and two together."
34-year-old Kieran Greene denies murdering 61-year-old Patricia O'Connor, his then partner's mother, on May 29, 2017 at their home in Dublin.
Patricia O'Connor's daughter Louise, granddaughter Stephanie and Louise's ex-partner Keith Johnston all deny impeding Mr Greene's apprehension or prosecution.
This afternoon, the jury heard Garda interviews with Keith Johnston, who accepted he was with Mr Greene shopping for tools on the day before Mrs O'Connor's remains were first found in Wicklow – but said he didn't “put two and two together.”
When shown receipts from June 9th 2017, Mr Johnston said he didn't know why Mr Greene had bought a rope, knives, tape and a petrol can.
He said wellies bought were for fishing and axes bought were for wood cutting.
He said a saw was bought because screws in the bathroom he was fixing at Ms O'Connor's home had wrecked a saw and Mr Greene bought one for himself.
He didn't accept the items bought were exactly what might be needed to chop up a body, denied going to Wexford to dig up Mrs O'Connor's remains and said he did not help clean up the crime scene.
Reporting from Shane Beatty at the Central Criminal Court