Judge in Stephen Cahoon retrial to begin summing up today

The judge in the retrial of a County Derry man accused of murdering a woman pregnant with his child will begin his summing up today.

39 year old Stephen Cahoon admits killing Jean Quigley at her home in Cornshell Fields in Derry on July 26th 2008, but denies murder.

Stephen Cahoon was arrested in Donegal shortly after the killing in 2008, and opted to be tried at Dublin Central Criminal Court.

The following year, a jury at Dublin's Central Criminal Court failed to reach a verdict and a retrial was ordered. That retrial is now drawing to a close after Cahoon finished his evidence and counsel for the prosecution and defence made their closing statements yesterday.

Under cross-examination this week, Cahoon denied going to the house with the intention of killing Ms Quigley, and said he did not call an ambulance or the police because he hoped she was still alive.

He admitted leaving the scene and using a false name to get a taxi and cross the border into Donegal. He then went to Galway, before returning to Donegal where he was arrested by gardai.

Once the judge completes his summing up today, the jury will be sent out to begin its deliberations.