Murder accused told mother: ‘I killed him’

The scene of the killing in Crouch Road
The scene of the killing in Crouch Road

A man accused of murdering a 60-year-old called his mother in a distressed state and admitted killing the man, a court was told.

John York’s mother Charmaine Morriss told the court that her son had called at around 11pm on the night of the murder and told her: “I didn’t mean to kill him.”

Mrs Morriss told Northampton Crown Court that when her son had rung he sounded upset, he was drunk and she could barely understand him.

But she eventually realised what her son had said and had told him: “You can’t sit there with a dead body in the room, you’ve got to do something John.”

Mrs Morriss, who wept as she gave her evidence, told the court that she advised her son to call the police. Adams then proceeded to tell her that he would phone his dad and then call the police.

Glenn Clary, of Garden Field Close, Irthlingborough, was discovered dead at Gary Monaghan’s house in Crouch Road on August 26 last year.

Three people are accused of his murder, including York, 23, of Crouch Road, Irthlingborough; Monaghan, 64, also of Crouch Road, and Jennifer Ryan, 46, of Baker Street, Irthlingborough.

The court also heard how Mrs Morriss had met her son in a park in Rushden, earlier in the day to take him for Sunday dinner. She said he seemed okay at the time.

She received further phone calls from him throughout the day, including one between 7pm and 8pm. She said it sounded as if there was a party taking place, York was drunk, and she could hear both Monaghan and Ryan in the background.

The court also heard how York and Monaghan had visited Jack Cronin at his flat in Irthlingborough, who said York had also told him he had killed someone.

When the pair arrived at 9.30pm, Mr Cronin told the court that York was visibly agitated and when he asked the defendant how he was he said “not good Jack, not good”.

Mr Cronin invited York and Monaghan into his house.

He was with his girlfriend Zoe and together the four of them drank alcohol and smoked cannabis.

Mr Cronin said Monaghan kept telling York to “keep his mouth shut” during his time at the flat.

Mr Cronin said later in the night York giggled while admitting to killing someone.

Mr Cronin said that York told him: “ I’ve killed someone tonight Jack.”

Mr Cronin said that he did not know what to do at first as he felt “sick” and could not eat his dinner. He waited until the morning when he told his sister and girlfriend what had happened.

He then called the police.

However, York’s defence argue that York was only giggling because he was under the influence of cannabis.

York, Monaghan and Ryan are all charged with murder. Ryan, York, and Neil Adams, 28, of Thomas Flawn Road, Irthlingborough, also face further charges of grievous bodily harm and false imprisonment in connection with an assault on Daniel Freeman, on August 18. York also faces a charge of robbery.

York admits false imprisonment but denies all the other charges against him.

All the other defendants deny all charges against them.

The trial continues.