A jury has heard the desperate 999 call from the partner of a retired lecturer who was murdered by a crossbow killer who lay in wait before shooting him with his high-powered weapon.
Gerald Corrigan, 74, was left covered in blood when he was shot as he adjusted the satellite dish outside his remote farmhouse Gof Du, near Holyhead, Anglesey.
He never recovered from his horrific injuries and died in hospital three weeks later.
Terrence Whall, 39, has denied murdering Mr Corrigan, who was shot in the front garden of his home in the early hours of Good Friday last year.
Jurors were played a 999 call from his disabled partner Marie Bailey, 64, who’d gone to bed and been alerted by his shouts for help.
Terrence Whall, 39, (pictured leaving Mold Crown Court yesterday) has denied murdering Gerald Corrigan, who was shot in the front garden of his home in the early hours of Good Friday last year
Gerald Corrigan (left) died when a crossbow bolt hit him while he was adjusting his satellite dish. Terence Whall (right) has denied his murder
The home of Gerald Corrigan, showing the satellite dish he was trying to fix when he was shot
During her conversation with the call handler she describes how Mr Corrigan is ‘bleeding badly’ and needs an ambulance.
Ms Bailey gives the address of the property before the call handler asks if Mr Corrigan is breathing.
She replies: ‘He’s bleeding quite heavily.’
Mr Corrigan had suffered multiple injuries in the shooting when the bolt tore through his body.
They included lacerations to spleen and the bolt penetrated his large intestine and stomach, causing damage to his gastric artery.
It also penetrated his liver, colon and diaphragm and entered the heart sac, causing bruising to the heart itself.
The prosecution claim that the signal to Mr Corrigan’s satellite dish may have been deliberately ‘interrupted’ – causing him to come outside the house – and his killer hid behind a wall in an adjacent field before shooting him with a single bolt from a crossbow.
The court heard evidence about the movements of a Land Rover Discovery linked to the murder and said to have been driven by Whall.
DC Matthew Corcoran showed the jury a video containing CCTV which showed it parked on Mr Corrigan’s driveway on the night before the attack, while tracking data from the car’s telematics box – known as it’s ‘black box’ – indicated it had also been driven to the nearby car park at Porthdafarch Beach
Pictured: Martin Roberts , 34, who denies conspiring to pervert the course of justice, is led into Mold Crown Court yesterday
The prosecution claim that the purpose of this trip was so Whall could ‘scope out’ and carry out a ‘recce’ of the house and its surroundings.
CCTV and tracking data also showed that Land Rover been driven on the night of the attack, said DC Corcoran.
CCTV cameras from a garage and takeaway showed it travelling along a road towards the beach and stopping at the car park around 11pm, about an hour-and-half before Mr Corrigan was shot.
The tracking data showed the car later returned to Whall’s home address around 1am that night.
The jury was also show footage of the coastal path, shot by a police drone, leading from the car park and across a field to Mr Corrigan’s house approximately half a mile away.
Darren Jones (left) and Gavin Jones (right) are both charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice
Dewi Jones, a civilian investigator who worked with police, told the court that the killer had approached the house across the field.
He said the killer had possibly positioned himself behind a wall and a ‘gap in the hedgerow’ before shooting Mr Corrigan from a distance of around 9m.
Whall, of Anglesey, and co-defendants Darren Jones, 41, of The Bryn Ogwen Estate at Penrhosgarnedd, his brother Gavin Jones, 36, of Bangor, and Martin Roberts , 34, of Bangor, are also accused of perverting the course of justice.
All four men are accused accused of conspiring to set fire to the Land Rover Discovery that was found burnt out at a disused quarry in Bangor, while Roberts and Darren Jones are charged with the arson of the car.
They deny all the charges.
Mr Corrigan worked as a lecturer in photography and video in Lancashire before retiring to Anglesey more than 20 years ago.
After his funeral, his partner Marie Bailey said: ‘He was my best friend and my soulmate. All the time we have been together I have been proud to walk at his side and he stood beside me, always.’
The trial is expected to last four to five weeks.