From top: Eric Locke; Dr Seán Ó Domhnail
This afternoon, Erick Locke was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court of murdering Sonia Blount at a room in the Plaza Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin 24 on February 16, 2014.
Further to this…
Sam M writes:
Man uses fake Facebook profile to lure ex. girlfriend to a hotel room.
Brings along with him a “pellet gun, Stanley knife and cable ties”. But only to “frighten her” he claims. When she screams, the mother-of-one is “strangled and suffocated”.
His psychiatrist testifies in court “that he had intended tying her to a chair and forcing her to listen to an account of his suffering, but didn’t intend to kill her.”
Locke is suffering from Pervasive Developmental Disorder, he says.
Prosecuting barrister Remy Farrell describes the psychiatrist as “wholly unreliable” adding that “his lack of familiarly with the evidence is simply stunning.”
Defence barrister Patrick Gageby agrees that the psychiatrist appears poorly prepared but said he was ‘not so sure’ that the diagnosis of PDD was challenged.
Well today it was. Locke will receive a mandatory life sentence.
Who is the psychiatrist? Dr Seán Ó Domhnaill, leading member Youth Defence since its foundation and spokesperson for the group in the 1990s and 2000s.