A court’s heard a Clondalkin man told gardai he strangled his ex girlfriend with his hands and a phone charger.
Eric Locke (35) of St John’s Park East denies murdering Sonia Blount at the Plaza Hotel in Tallaght following a brief relationship.
The court heard on February the 9th 2014 Sonia Blount put up a Facebook status saying ‘shit is going to hit the fan’.
Sonia’s sister Claire told the jury Sonia said Eric Locke was freaking her out as he kept staring at her in work and she was going to ask to change shifts.
Sonia described him a ‘proper fruit loop’ the sister said.
The court also heard from Sonia’s friend Aisling Halloran who said Sonia told her she was going to meet a man called Shane Cully that weekend after meeting him on Facebook.
Aisling asked Sonia if she was sure it wasn’t Eric Locke pretending to be someone else and Sonia said the thought had crossed her mind but she was satisfied it wasn’t when he sent her a selfie.
The court also heard that Eric Locke handed himself into gardaí on Feb 16th 2014 – a few hours after Sonia Blount’s body was found on the floor of room 346 at the Plaza Hotel.
Over the course of a number of five interviews the following day, he told gardaí he’d been suffering from depression for years but meeting Sonia Blount had brought him back up.
He spoke about how upset he was when contact between them ceased after their brief relationship ended the month before. He admitted setting up a fake Facebook account under the name Shane Cully to make contact with her.
She thought she was meeting this person on the night in question and Mr. Locke said she looked very shocked when he walked into the room.
He said they were talking calmly and ended up having consensual sex. When he took some cable ties, masking tape and a pellet gun out of his pockets, he said she started screaming, and he just panicked and strangled her.
He remembered her asking “Eric what are you doing?”
He denied raping her and while he did confess to killing her, he also denied it was murder and said he never intended for her to die.
When asked how he felt about Sonia’s three year old son growing up without his mother he replied ‘devastated’.