A father testified on Wednesday that he kissed his sons on the way to work but the next time he saw his eldest, the toddler “was lifeless”.
Testifying from the witness box at Antrim Crown Court, with his former partner sitting on the dock 30ft away, the man’s voice cracked with emotion as he explained to the jury that after he ” knocked on the door,” he ran upstairs and found her in the bedroom with her two sons.
“All three were lying on the bed and there was blood everywhere, all over the bed,” he told prosecutor Charles MacCreanor. “I think once I saw my son was lifeless and his little brother started making noises, I just collapsed on the floor.”
He told the jury that he “saw a knife on the bed and I think I fell again” before being “led out and down”, where again: “I collapsed on the floor for some time”.
His 41-year-old former partner, who cannot be identified to protect the child who survived and his older half-siblings, is on trial for the murder of his son who was two months away from his third birthday and the attempted murder of his 11-month-old brother on March 2, 2020.
The jury of six men and six women has already heard evidence that the women put several morphine painkiller patches on the children before repeatedly stabbing them in the bedroom of the family home in Magheramorne, near Larne, leaving “suicide notes” saying she didn’t. I want them to “experience pain” and “I’m taking my children with me because I can’t leave them with their father.
Both boys had suffered stab wounds to the neck and abdomen, but the older victim died from a neck wound that severed an artery and a vain, while his little brother suffered severe injuries. life-threatening injuries and required emergency surgery.
The Crown argues that when their mother stabbed them, she either intended to kill them or at least intended to cause very serious harm to her infant sons. The defense argues that at the time, she suffered from a mental abnormality that significantly impaired her thinking, decision-making and perception of consequences.