A man has gone on trial accused of murdering a woman in a Tallaght hotel after assuming a false identity and arranging to meet her for sex. Eric Locke admits strangling Sonia Blount but will claim he was suffering from a mental disorder at the time and didn’t mean to kill her.
The body of Sonia Blount, a 31-year-old single Mum, was found on the floor of room 346 at The Plaza Hotel on February 16th 2014. Some sort of garment had been shoved into her mouth and a post-mortem revealed she’d been strangled.
The prosecuting barrister Remy Farrell told the jury she ended a brief relationship with Eric Locke the month before, and that he’d threatened suicide because of it.
He said it will be alleged he assumed a false identity and contacted her through Facebook under the name Shane Cully and that they arranged to meet at the hotel for a sexual encounter.
When the accused went into room 346, Mr. Farrell said he had cable ties, masking tape and an air gun that looked very realistic.
Mr. Locke, of St. John’s Park East in Clondalkin in Dublin, admits strangling her to death but claims diminished responsibility due to a mental disorder.