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Mother Of Man Whose Body Was Found In Kildare Woodland Cross-Examined By Man Accused Of His Murder.

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Stephen Penrose, of Newtown Court, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17, is representing himself in his trial for the murder of Philip Finnegan.

The mother of a young man whose body was found in a woodland in Co Kildare has been cross-examined by the man accused of murdering him.

Stephen Penrose, of Newtown Court, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17, is representing himself in his trial for the murder of Philip Finnegan.

Our Courts Correspondent Frank Greaney has this report, which some listeners may find upsetting:

"Angela Finnegan told the jury that her son, Philip, and the man accused of killing him were friends.

On the day he went missing in August 2016, she said he told her he was going to meet Stephen Penrose.

“I’ll see ya later, Ma” was the last thing he said before he left.

His decapitated body was found in a shallow grave in Rahin Woods, Co Kildare three weeks later.

Mr Penrose began his cross-examination of Ms Finnegan today by apologising for having to ask her some questions.

He then asked her about a phone call Philip received from a prisoner at Portlaoise Prison, during which the caller threatened to have his head blown off.

He asked her if she believed this person was involved in Philip’s death. “Yes, I do,” was her reply before she confirmed to the prosecuting barrister that this person was still in prison at the time of her son’s disappearance."

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