Court told brother fears sister would petrol-bomb home

Court told brother fears sister would petrol-bomb home

Helen Jones: Refused bail today.

A CORK woman in custody on an aggravated burglary charge arising out of an investigation into her brother’s murder in September sought bail today but another brother expressed fear she would petrol-bomb his home.

He testified in Cork District Court in relation to his fear that she would throw a petrol-bomb through the window of his home if she was released on bail.

Helen Jones, aged 52, told her solicitor Eddie Burke that if there was a petrol-bomb thrown through her brother’s window she would not be the one throwing it.

Liam Jones testified that he was in fear of his sister.

“I have cancer and every time she sees me she calls me cancer balls and says ‘I hope you die roaring.’ I am afraid a petrol-bomb will come through the window,” Liam Jones said during his sister’s application for bail.

The case against Helen Jones arises out of the investigation of the murder of her 55-year-old brother Paul Jones at his home on Bandon Road, on September 4.

Helen Jones, aged 52, of 27 Cahergal Avenue, Mayfield, is charged that on September 4, at 108 Bandon Road, she did commit a burglary of a building and at the time had a knife with her.

Judge Olann Kelleher refused bail and remanded her in custody until November 14.

Detective Sergeant Joe Young said the late Paul Jones sustained a violent death, suffering 25 stab wounds to his head and torso.

The detective said it was anticipated that the file would be completed within two weeks.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said the prosecution was opposed to bail being granted to Helen Jones.

Eddie Burke cross-examined Liam Jones and suggested he wanted his sister kept in custody so that he could sell the family home. Mr Jones said that was not the reason. He said there was a court agreement that the house would be sold, the proceeds divided between the siblings and that Helen Jones could stay in the house until that happened.

In the course of her bail application Helen Jones said her brothers Liam and Paul bullied her in court: “The boys wanted me out on my ear and I said buy me out.”

Asked about the allegation that she made insulting comments about him having cancer and threatening him, she said: “I am just in shock at that. I never threatened Liam.”

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