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Victim's Mother Gives Evidence In Murder Trial

She told the jury she couldn’t get a hold of her son and just knew something was wrong.

A Garda has told the trial of a man accused of murdering his friend that the victim's mother was 'extremely distraught' when she reported him as a missing person.

Stephen Penrose, of Newtown Court, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17, has pleaded NOT guilty to the murder of 24-year-old Philip Finnegan.

Philip Finnegan’s decapitated body was found in a shallow grave in Rahin Woods, Co Kildare on Sept 2nd 2016.

His mother, Angela, reported him as a missing person three weeks beforehand when he didn’t return home. 

She was described as 'extremely distraught' when she made the report.

She told the jury she couldn’t get a hold of her son and just knew something was wrong.

He was wearing a stab vest when he left her flat on the day he went missing and she said he told her he was going to meet Stephen Penrose.

It is the prosecution’s case that Phillip met a 'gruesome death' at the hands of Mr Penrose, whom they say then made up a story to cover his tracks.

The 38-year-old, who's representing himself after dispensing with the services of his legal team, denies the murder charge.

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