Irthlingborough murder accused give evidence

The scene of the alleged murder
The scene of the alleged murder
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Two people accused of murdering a 60-year-old man from Irthlingborough have given evidence.

Both Jenny Ryan and Gary Monaghan denied murdering Glenn Clary as they stepped into the witness box at Northampton Crown Court earlier this week.

Monaghan, 64, of Crouch Road, Irthlingborough, admitted he had taken part in an assault against Mr Clary but said he had only wanted to “teach him a lesson”.

Mr Clary, of Garden Field Close, was discovered dead at Monaghan’s house on August 26 last year. When asked about what he had intended to do, Monaghan replied: “Just to teach him a lesson, not to hurt him seriously.”

Monaghan said on the day of the killing, Mr Clary, John York, 23, also of Crouch Road, Irthlingborough, who is also accused of murder, and Ryan, 46, of Baker Street, Irthlingborough, were at his bungalow drinking alcohol.

Monaghan said York attacked Mr Clary following a disagreement, by punching him, and it was at that point Monaghan said he joined in.

He admitted punching and kicking the victim, but said his kicks were not hard.

When shown mobile phone footage of the assault, Monaghan admitted it was him in the clip.

He also said Ryan had joined in with the assault. However, when giving evidence at Northampton Crown Court on Monday, Ryan denied taking part.

Ryan claims she was a witness to the attack on Mr Clary and had only pushed him when he was sat in a chair, and “nudged” him with her foot when he was on the floor to try to get him “out of the house for his own safety”.

When shown a clip of the mobile phone footage, which appeared to show a woman attacking Mr Clary, Ryan conceded that it probably was her.

But she said she had “no recollection” of that happening and would only have been trying to help Mr Clary.

During cross-examination Christopher Lowne, prosecuting, said the mobile phone footage showed Ryan assaulting the victim and not trying to help him, but Ryan continued to deny that.

The trial continues.

A previous article on the murder trial, on February 21, incorrectly stated that Neil Adams, 28, of Thomas Flawn Road, Irthlingborough, intended to call his father and the police about the murder. It was John York who intended to make the calls.

Adams was never accused of murder and has admitted unrelated charges.