A JURY has heard that a retired soldier died after he was attacked with a brush handle by an intruder at his home in Saint Mary’s Park, Limerick almost three years ago.
The body of James Boyce (72) was found in an upstairs bedroom of his terraced home at Saint Munchin’s Street, Saint Mary’s Park on the evening of March 7, 2011.
The grim discovery was made after gardai were alerted by concerned neighbours after Mr Boyce failed to answer his door for the local meals on wheels service earlier in the day.
Christopher McNamara, aged 20, who has an address at Good Sheppard Villas, Pennywell, has gone on trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin accused of murdering the 72-year-old.
The trial, which is being heard at the Criminal Courts of Justice, began this Monday afternoon after a jury was selected by Mr Justice Paul Carney.
The trial, had been due to begin before Christmas but was adjourned because it would not have concluded before the court vacation due to the large number of potential witnesses.
The jury, which was told the trial will last around a fortnight, has heard there will be evidence during the trial that a post mortem result showed Mr Boyce sustained blows to the face neck and body during the incident and that the injuries to his neck are believed to have been fatal.
It is alleged that Mr McNamara used the handle of a brush to attack the pensioner and that he stole a significant amount of cash from his bedroom after killing him.
Mr Boyce had served in the army in the 1950s and 1960s and was awarded a United Nations medal for his service in the Congo.
The pensioner, who lived in England for much of his life, returned to Limerick in the mid-1990s following the death of his mother. At the time of his death he still had family living in London.
Mr McNamara has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Boyce.