A court’s heard a Clondalkin man on trial for murdering his ex, displayed signs of autism, Asperger’s and ADHD.
35 year old Eric Locke of St John’s Park East admits strangling Sonia Blount at the Plaza hotel in Tallaght in 2014, but he denies murder and is claiming a defence of diminished responsibility.
Consultant psychiatrist Dr Sean O’Donnell for the defence told the jury Eric Locke displayed clear manifestations of autistic behaviour when he was a child. He would flap his hands, screech and his homework had to be perfect.
He wanted the walls of his room painted black and would tape the curtains together. The psychiatrist also said Erick Locke displayed signs of ADHD – he was obsessed with Man United but not in the way others are. He would learn off lists about matches and competitions.
His sister said she saw him looking in the mirror on occasion and was holding his head in a frantic matter and was extremely distressed looking. The psychiatrist also said Eric Locke had signs of Asperger’s and described how he attached a human persona to his actions figures and would tell his sister to be careful of them.
The court also heard Mr Locke was also born with a common enough condition with his penis but it made him feel inferior, inadequate and less of a man. The psychiatrist said he was obsessed with it and he had been taunted about it.
It led him to distrusting females and in the ten years before he met the woman he strangled - Sonia Blount - he had only had drunken fueled one night stands.
The psychiatrist said Eric Locke’s relationship with Sonia Blount was very short lived but he was far more emotionally invested in the relationship than she was.
He couldn’t process the break up and didn’t get it the jury was told.
The psychiatrist said on the night Eric Locke strangled Sonia Blount in the Plaza Hotel he believed he only intended to tie her to a chair to force her to listen to how he was suffering. He said he didn’t think Eric Locke intended to kill her and only panicked when she panicked
In cross examination the psychiatrist said Eric Locke didn’t need to make up something he had all his life.
He also agreed he was being paid privately by the accused’s family for his evidence.