Linda and Charlotte Mulhall are sisters from
Dublin, Ireland, known for having killed and dismembered the Kenyan
immigrant, Farah Swaleh Noor, in March 2005.
Noor was killed with a Stanley knife wielded by
Charlotte and struck with a hammer by Linda following a confrontation
with the sisters and their mother, Kathleen Mulhall, whom he was
His head and penis were sliced off and the rest of
his corpse dismembered by the women and dumped in Dublin's Royal Canal
where a piece of leg still wearing a sock was spotted floating near
Croke Park ten days later.
The subsequent manhunt and the trial in October
2006 attracted intense media attention in Ireland as the true details
of the crime slowly emerged. The sisters and their mother were
arrested but released until Linda confessed to involvement in the
crime. Kathleen Mulhall left the country at this point to live in
When Charlotte and Linda were charged with murder
in December 2005, their father, John Mulhall, hanged himself in
As a result of the method they used to carry out
the killing of Farah Swaleh Noor, Linda and Charlotte Mulhall were
dubbed the Scissor Sisters by the media.
Justice Paul Carney, presiding over the trial, said
during sentencing that it was "the most grotesque killing that has
occurred in my professional lifetime". Charlotte Mulhall was given the
mandatory life sentence and Linda Mulhall was given a 15-year sentence
for manslaughter, with both being sent to Mountjoy Women's prison in
Noor's head and penis were never recovered,
although Linda later admitted they had put the head in rubbish bins
around Phoenix Park. It was also thought that they carried the head by
bus to Tallaght and buried it in a field, with Linda returning later
to dig it up, carry it to another field using her son's schoolbag,
smash it further with a hammer and bury it again.
Linda attracted further media attention when she
slit her wrists and was sectioned. Charlotte also attracted media
attention when a photograph of her holding a knife to a male
prisoner's throat was published; that action resulted in an increased
security presence in all Irish prisons and Charlotte was moved from
Mountjoy to Limerick.
Kathleen Mulhall voluntarily returned to Ireland in
February 2008 and faced several charges. She pleaded guilty to helping
clean up the crime scene in order to conceal evidence and was
sentenced to five years in prison in May 2009.
The case, which has dominated news coverage in
Ireland from 2005 to the present day, has resulted in several books
and has been examined in at least one television series. It was said
by the Irish Independent's legal affairs correspondent Dearbhail
McDonald to have "fuelled fears of ritual killings in Ireland".
Mulhall family background
The Mulhalls were from Kilclare Gardens, a working
class area in Tallaght, south Dublin. Their parents John and Kathleen
Mulhall raised a family of three boys and three girls. John Mulhall
allegedly abused Kathleen.
Their marriage broke down and Kathleen entered into
a relationship with Farah Swaleh Noor in 2002. Noor moved into their
family home with Kathleen and John Mulhall took some of his children
and moved out. He rented various accommodations in Dublin over a
period of a year, then moved back into the home after Kathleen left
and moved to Cork with Noor. Kathleen and Noor returned to Dublin in
2004. Noor allegedly subjected Kathleen Mulhall to regular beatings.
Linda Mulhall was 30 years old at the time of the
killing. She was unemployed, had left school early and had four
children. The relationship with the father of her children broke up
and she got into another relationship with an individual who
subsequently abused them. Linda had a history of alcohol abuse and
suffered from an addiction to heroin. She had one previous conviction
in 1993 for larceny.
Charlotte Mulhall was 23 years old when the killing
took place. Like her sister, she had a history of drug and alcohol
abuse. She had a number of minor previous convictions for criminal
damage and public order offences and was charged with criminal damage
and given the Probation Act in October 2005. She was also involved in
During their trial, gardaí described the girls'
upbringing as "troubled and tough".
Farah Swaleh Noor
Farah Swaleh Noor was 38-years-old at the time of
his death. He arrived in Ireland in December 1996, claiming to be a
Somalian called Sheilila Salim whose family had been killed in
Mogadishu. Subsequent investigations revealed that he was in fact
Kenyan and that his family was still alive.
The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform
ordered that he be deported but he appealed and was granted
citizenship in March 1999 on grounds he became the father of an
Irish-born child. He had four previous convictions for offences
including intoxication, threatening and abusive behaviour and assault.
In 1997, he raped a mentally disabled 16 year-old
Chinese girl. She later gave birth to a son. Two other women had
children by him and both described having been raped by him.
Noor had faced eight charges of disorder and
assault, one involving a sexual assault in which a knife was found at
the scene by gardaí. He was convicted on three occasions but never
served time in jail.
Noor lived in a number of areas in Dublin,
including Dun Laoghaire and Firhouse, as well as the inner city before
moving in with Kathleen Mulhall. Gardaí described him as being
particularly violent towards women. Noor was a suspect in the unsolved
murder of Raonaid Murray which took place in September 1999.
Authorities are now satisfied Noor did not carry out this murder.
Events surrounding the killing
The killing took place at a flat Kathleen Mulhall
was renting in a house on Richmond Cottages, Summerhill, on 20 March
2005. This was on the bank holiday of Saint Patrick's weekend.
Build-up to the killing
On the day of the killing, Linda, Charlotte, their
mother and Farah Swaleh Noor had been drinking heavily in Dublin city
centre. Farah bought vodka and Kathleen Mulhall purchased Coca-Cola
which they drank as they walked around the city before stopping on the
River Liffey Boardwalk where Charlotte and her mother took ecstasy
tablets. They returned to Kathleen Mulhall's flat where the women took
ecstasy. Kathleen Mulhall crushed a tablet into the victim's drink so
they were all on the same "buzz".
Death of Farah Swaleh Noor
Linda and Noor were sitting on a two-seater couch
with Charlotte sitting on the arm, when Noor started touching Linda in
a sexual way. He spoke into her ear, put his arms around her waist and
refused to let her go. Kathleen then started screaming at him and a
verbal altercation took place where Kathleen Mulhall was alleged to
have instructed them to ”just kill him for me” Charlotte picked up a
Stanley knife and struck Noor across the throat, inflicting a wound
that sent him to the ground. Linda then picked up a hammer and hit him
on the head a number of times. Their mother looked on but didn't
participate. Noor was stabbed at least 27 times. It may have been
more, but pathologists had no opportunity to examine the full body.
Dismemberment and disposal of the corpse
Linda and Charlotte then dragged Noor's corpse into
the bathroom where they began to dismember the remains. Noor's head,
limbs and penis were severed using a kitchen knife and hammer. They
put towels over his legs to stem the flow of blood. The dismemberment
took a number of hours and the body parts were placed in black plastic
bags and a sports bag before being disposed of in the Royal Canal.
This took the three women several trips.
They decided not to throw the head in to prevent
identification. The head was brought by bus to Tallaght where they
walked through The Square Shopping Centre to Tymon North Park. They
walked to where Charlotte dug a hole with a knife to bury the head.
Kathleen Mulhall threw the knives and the hammer into a nearby pond. A
number of days later, Linda Mulhall allegedly returned to the park and
dug up the head. Using her son's schoolbag, she transferred it to a
field in the Killinarden Estate, Tallaght, where she broke it up with
a hammer before burying it again.
Garda Síochána investigation
The killing only came to light ten days later when
Noor's leg, with a sock on the end, was seen floating in the canal, a
few hundred yards from Croke Park. Garda sub-aqua divers retrieved
most of the rest of his body in seven parts. Gardaí traced his
identity through media appeals. Noor was only identified when someone
recognised a t-shirt on the recovered torso. That key witness, a
Somalian man who was the first to connect the missing Noor with the
three Mulhall women, was paid a “substantial” reward by Crimestoppers.
Noor's head and penis were never found.
The sisters and their parents were arrested in
August but denied any knowledge of the killing. A number of weeks
later Linda contacted investigating officers admitting her
involvement. Gardaí took a voluntary statement from her at her home in
Tallaght in August 2005. Until this, Gardaí had been making limited
progress in the case. When Gardaí searched the Mulhall flat in
Summerhill, they found bloodstains that were later confirmed to match
Noor's DNA. After Linda's confession, Kathleen Mulhall fled the
country in September 2005 and gardaí were unable to locate her again
until January 2008. She was living in England.
Murder trial of Linda and Charlotte Mulhall
Linda and Charlotte were both charged with murder
and pleaded not guilty in the Central Criminal Court. Their trial took
place in October 2006 with Linda Mulhall being found guilty of
manslaughter while her sister Charlotte was found guilty of the murder
of Noor. Linda's jury accepted her defence of provocation.
Charlotte Mulhall was given the mandatory life
sentence and Linda Mulhall was given a 15-year sentence for
manslaughter. The judge argued that Linda, a heroin addict, had
initially tried to halt the trial by refusing to take methadone. Leave
to appeal was refused for both sentences.
Linda Mulhall appealed the severity of her sentence
on the grounds that it was passed without psychiatric and probation
reports. This appeal failed, with the Court of Criminal Appeal finding
the sentence to be appropriate.
Charlotte Mulhall requested leave to appeal her
conviction on the grounds that Justice Carney had put pressure on the
jury to reach a verdict even though the foreman had indicated they
were deadlocked. This failed on the grounds that the defence did not
raise objections to the comments during the trial and the fact that
the jury was not affected by any alleged undue pressure to reach a
Court case against Kathleen Mulhall
Kathleen Mulhall voluntarily returned to Ireland in
February 2008 and was charged with, among other offences, two counts
of giving false information to gardaí about Noor's whereabouts, and
withholding information which she "knew or believed" would be of
assistance in prosecuting her daughters for Noor's murder. She was
also charged with impeding an arrest in the murder investigation. She
pleaded guilty to helping to clean up the crime scene in order to
conceal evidence. Kathleen Mulhall was sentenced to five years in
prison in May 2009.
Fallout and aftermath
The girls’ father, John Mulhall, hanged himself in
Phoenix Park when his daughters were charged with the killing in
December 2005. He was not believed to have been involved in the
Linda Mulhall turned to alcohol and slashed her
arms, causing her to spend over a week in a psychiatric hospital. In
April 2009, she claimed to fellow inmates that she had in fact smashed
Noor's head and distributed the fragments in rubbish bins in the
Phoenix Park. This first disclosure of where Noor's head had ended up,
was referred to as "the final secret of the Scissor Sisters" by Cormac
Looney in the Evening Herald.
Charlotte caused a further national controversy in
2008 when photographs of her holding a knife to the throat of a male
prisoner in Mountjoy Prison were leaked to the press. As a result
security in Irish prisons was increased. and Charlotte was moved to
another prison in Limerick.
The girls' brother, James Mulhall, pleaded guilty
to the robbery of two prostitutes, claiming he robbed the women to
support his own six children and his sister Linda's four children whom
he took on after she was jailed.
The case received a high amount of attention due to
the grotesque and macabre nature of the crime. This led to the sisters
being dubbed "The Scissor Sisters" by the media after the pop group
from New York, USA.
Several books were written on the circumstances
surrounding the death of Farah Swaleh Noor:
The Torso in the Canal — John Mooney (Maverick
House, ISBN 978-1-905379-38-5)
The Irish Scissor Sisters — Mick McCaffrey (Merlin
Publishing, ISBN 1-903582-72-5) McCaffrey covered the case for the
The 2009 RTÉ television series Killers featured the
Scissor Sister Confessions: 'Thank God I get to see my son every
week, I can't wait to be a proper mum'
Killer mum Charlotte Mulhall reveals in secret
letters that she's desperate to get out of prison
By Emma McMenamy - IrishMirror.ie
July 8, 2013
Brutal Scissor Sister Charlotte Mulhall is
desperate to be a “proper mother” once she is released, her letters
The murderer, caged for life for killing her mum’s
abusive lover, thanks God for the precious moments she spends with son
Damien every week.
Mulhall, one half of the gruesome siblings who
butchered African Farah Swaleh Noor, writes: “I can’t wait to get out
to be a proper mother to him. I adore him to bits.”
In day two of her sensational letters, penned from
Dublin’s Dochas Centre and first revealed in yesterday’s Irish Sunday
Mirror, Mulhall also revealed she spends her days in prison hanging
out with Black Widow killer Catherine Nevin.
The 28-year-old is serving a life sentence for the
brutal murder of Mr Noor in 2005.
In the letters, shown above and seen by the Irish
Mirror, the mum-of-one tells how she:
IS very close to Nevin, who does her hair and
make-up, but whom she brands a “devious c**t”,
GETS bored in prison but is starting a new course,
HATES her “Scissor Sister” nickname, and
LONGS for the day she is released so she can be a
“proper mother” to her seven-year-old son Damien and set up family
with her partner Karen Kelly.
Charlotte said: “I thank God I get to see my son
every week. I can’t wait to get out to be a proper mother to him. I
adore him to bits.
“My mother f****d off to England so all I have left
is Damien and my partner in my life.
“The thought that I still have them makes life
worth going on.
“I love being a mother, knowing I gave the gift of
She also spoke of her life in prison.
Charlotte said: “I get treated different than the
other lifers in here. I am starting an Open University course soon.
“I go to school every day to pass my time in hear
(sic). Life in prison is quit [quite] boring.
“I goes up to the library to my great friend Catern
Neven [Catherine Nevin].
“She does my hair and makeup. She can be a devious
c**t starting fights with other inmates and starten rumers [starting
Nevin was jailed for life in April 2000 for
murdering her publican husband of 20 years Tom.
The conviction at the Central Criminal Court came
after a 42-day trial and five days’ deliberation by the jury.
The Mulhalls will forever be associated with one of
the most gruesome murders in Irish history.
Charlotte and sister Linda killed Mr Noor before
dismembering his body in their mother’s inner city home and dumping
the remains in a canal.
Charlotte had stabbed him 20 times with a kitchen
knife while Linda admitted hitting him a “good few times” on the head
with a claw hammer.
His head and penis have never been found. In the
letters, Charlotte also reveals how her mother Kathleen caused havoc
in the jail while serving her sentence for impeding the investigation
into Mr Noor’s death.
She added: “She use [used] to terfie [terrify] the
other inmates and start fights on them in the prison.”
And And Charlotte said she hates the grim “Scissor
Sister” nickname given to her following her trial.
She added: “I hate being called the Scissor Sister,
it makes me out to be a monster.”
As revealed in our sister paper the Irish Sunday
Mirror yesterday, Charlotte writes candidly about the night of the
murder, saying: “It went out of control.”
She also claims sister Linda deserved to take more
of the blame and that she alone knows where Mr Noor’s head is buried.
Charlotte writes: “I hate her so much [Linda]. She
should of [have] got life not me.
“She did more than what I did that horrific night.
It went a bit out of control that night.
“I believe I will never get out of prison because I
don’t know where Farah’s head is. Only Linda knows that.”
Scissor Sister reveals head put in bins in
Cormac Looney - Herald.ie
April 14, 2009
The final secret of the Scissors Sisters murder has
For more than four years the Mulhall sisters have
refused to say where they disposed of the head of their victim, Farah
Now Linda Mulhall has revealed the final piece of
the mystery after she told fellow inmates that they emptied the
fragments of Noor’s skull into bins in the Phoenix Park.
Gardai have been informed of the revelations and
have launched an investigation.
Linda (31) made the grisly admission at the Dochas
women’s prison in Dublin last month.
During her high profile trial, Mulhall maintained
she couldn’t remember what she did with the head, which she had
earlier buried, dug up and then hidden in bushes.
The Herald understands that Linda Mulhall took the
decomposing head from undergrowth at Tymon Park North in Tallaght and
brought it by bus to the Phoenix Park.
She told fellow inmates that, once in the park, she
used a hammer to crush the skull into small pieces.
She then put some of the pieces in a plastic bag,
before leaving the remainder in the original plastic bag it was first
The two bags were then dumped in refuse bins.
The final resting place of Noor's head is now
believed to in landfill.
A prison source said Mulhall made the admission
shortly after her mother (53) pleaded guilty to a charge of covering
up Noor's murder.
Linda Mulhall and her sister Charlotte are serving
sentences for the manslaughter and murder of Noor respectively, at
Richmond Cottages in Ballybough four years ago.
They killed and cut up Noor's body after a drink
and drug fuelled row at their mother's home.
Noor had dated their mother for a period of time.
The prison source told the Herald: "Linda came out
with the admission a few weeks ago. She said she couldn't remember at
the time of the trial but that it had come back to her since.
"She went to Tallaght where she had put the head in
bushes and found it.
"She then placed it in another bag and brought it
back into the city. She got off and walked to the Phoenix Park.
"According to Linda, at this point she used a
hammer to break up the skull, while it was still inside the bag.
"She then put half the crushed remains into a
second bag, and dumped the two bags in two different bins," the source
The disclosure ends the four year old mystery
surrounding the whereabouts of Noor's head.
The rest of his body parts were dumped in the Royal
Canal after the murder, and later recovered by gardai.
However, the victim's penis has never been found.
The crime became one of the most gruesome murders
in living memory, and earned Linda and Charlotte Mulhall the nickname
the 'Scissor Sisters'.
Linda Mulhall has taken a case to the Supreme Court
arguing that exceptional points of law should be considered in her
She is seeking to have the severity of her sentence
reduced after previously losing an appeal against her manslaughter
Linda and Charlotte's mother, Karen Mulhall, will
be sentenced on May 5 next, after she admitted to cleaning up the
crime scene at her home after Noor was murdered there.
Scissor Sister moved to new jail after knife
By Shane Phelan Investigative
Correspondent - Independent.ie
August 22, 2008
SCISSOR Sister Charlotte Mulhall was transferred to
a new jail last night as an investigation was launched into leaked
photographs of her wielding a knife behind bars.
Convicted murderer Mulhall, who butchered her
mother's lover with a kitchen knife, was photographed on a mobile
phone holding a long blade to the neck of fellow inmate Denis Gibney.
The images, taken while the pair were apparently
joking around in the kitchen of Mountjoy's Dochas Centre, have caused
the Prison Service acute embarrassment.
They have also raised serious questions about the
effectiveness of recent crackdowns on mobile phone possession among
The photographs were taken some time before early
July, when Gibney (40) was released after serving a sentence for
possession of drugs. Prison Service officials launched an
investigation last night.
The inquiry will focus on discovering who took the
photographs, locating the mobile phone it was taken on, and
identifying who was responsible for lapses in the supervision of
Mulhall and Gibney while they worked in the prison kitchen.
"There is unusually strict supervision of inmates
given jobs in the kitchen, so this will have to be looked into
seriously," said an informed prison source.
If the phone used to take the picture is discovered
by prison officials, the matter would then be turned over to the
Possession of a mobile phone in prison is an
offence punishable by up to five years in jail. However, the maximum
penalty the courts have imposed to date is six months.
Officials hope that Mulhall (26), who has also lost
a number of privileges as a result of the incident, will cooperate
with the probe. They expect that she will be deeply unhappy at being
moved from the Dochas Centre as she will be separated from her sister
Linda (32) and mother Kathleen (52), who are both incarcerated there.
"She is very close to her mother and sister and
won't like being transferred one bit. She may be offered a swift
return to the Dochas if she cooperates with the investigation," the
prison source said.
Mulhall became one of the country's most notorious
prisoners after she was sentenced to life in jail for the murder of
her mother's boyfriend, Kenyan man Fareh Swaleh Noor, whose body she
Mulhall sister sentenced to life
December 4, 2006
Dublin woman, Charlotte Mulhall, who bludgeoned her
mother’s African boyfriend to death and cut up his body, was today
jailed for life.
Ms Mulhall and her sister Linda Mulhall, who was
sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter, have been found guilty of
killing Farah Swali Noor on March 20, 2005, after a drinking session
at their mother’s home in Summerhill.
They chopped up the 38-year-old’s body, before
dumping his headless remains in the Royal Canal at Ballybough.
The victim’s head and penis have never been found.
Sentencing the women at Dublin Central Criminal
Court, Mr Justice Paul Carney said the case was the most grotesque of
killings that had occurred within his professional lifetime.
Following their trial in October, Charlotte Mulhall
(aged 24), of Kilclare Heights, Tallaght, was found guilty of
murdering the Kenyan.
Linda Mulhall (aged 31), of the same address, was
found guilty of manslaughter. The mother of four cried in court as she
was sentenced today.
The jury, which took 18 hours over four days of
deliberation to reach its decision, had accepted her defence of
The court heard on the day of the brutal killing
Linda, Charlotte, their mother Kathleen Mulhall and her partner Mr
Noor had been drinking heavily in the city centre.
Linda told gardaí that back in their mother’s flat,
the women took ecstasy with Mrs Mulhall crushing a tablet into the
victim’s drink so they were all on the same "buzz".
Farah is said to have made a pass at Linda, but
telling him to get his hands off her sister Charlotte picked up a
Stanley blade and cut his throat.
Linda admitted hitting the victim a lot of times
over the head with a hammer.
The pair dragged his body into the bathroom of her
mother’s flat and spent hours cutting it up with a bread knife and
He suffered more than 20 stab wounds to his body.
Mr Noor’s torso and limbs were spotted by
passers-by in the canal 10 days later.
The severed head was taken in a separate bag on the
bus to Tallaght where it was buried and reburied in a number of
locations. It has never been recovered.
Gardaí are still trying to locate Mrs Mulhall, who
is believed to have left the jurisdiction. Their father, John Mulhall,
committed suicide last December, but he is not believed to have been
involved in the killing.
The victim, who arrived in Ireland in December 1996
had claimed to be a Somalian called Sheilila Salim. He was granted
citizenship in March 1999 on grounds he became the father of an Irish
Gardaí traced his identity through media appeals
and located his last address to Mrs Mulhall’s home at Richmond
Despite extensive cleaning by the women, a forensic
examination found traces of Mr Noor’s blood which were consistent with
him dying a violent death.
The sisters and their parents were arrested in
August last year, but denied any knowledge of the killing.
Just weeks later Linda contacted investigating
officers admitting her involvement.
Her legal team argued that she was paramount in
solving the crime, and requested a minimal sentence so she could care
for her four children, who are all still at school.
“I do not regard her as a good mother being
particularly persuasively, if she was a good mother of four children
she would not be getting herself into a situation like that,” said Mr
He argued that Linda, a heroin addict, had
initially tried to halt the trial by refusing to take Methadone.
The court heard after the killing, Linda turned to
drugs and alcohol, had slashed her arms, and spent over a week in a
psychiatric hospital prior to court proceedings.
Last month Charlotte Mulhall, the mother of an
eight-month-old baby, was convicted of prostitution.
Both women also had a history of drug and alcohol
The state had earlier appealed for sentencing to be
adjourned as efforts were been made for the victim’s mother to attend
the hearing. Legal teams for defence also argued that psychiatric and
probation reports were not yet ready.
Dismissing the appeal, the judge refused leave to
appeal both sentences. Their jail terms date back to September this
year when both were remanded in custody.
Imposing the mandatory life sentence on the younger
sister, Mr Justice Carney said: “This is the most grotesque of
killings that has occurred within my professional lifetime.”
He told Linda that he had the power to also impose
a life sentence, but as the jury had allowed a defence of provocation
he had to respect that.
Woman tells canal body murder trial of rape hell
Eleanor Burnhill - Independent.ie
October 24, 2006
THE former partner of a Kenyan man, whose
dismembered and headless body was pulled from the Royal Canal, has
claimed he raped her on an almost daily basis and she feared he might
She said he had also been interviewed as a suspect
in an unsolved murder case in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.
The woman, whom counsel requested the media not to
name to protect her privacy, was giving evidence in the trial of
sisters Charlotte Mulhall (23) and Linda (31), from Kilcare Gardens in
Tallaght, who have both pleaded not guilty to the murder of a man
known as Farah Swaleh Noor (also known as Sheilila Salim) at Richmond
Cottages, Ballybough, on March 20 last year.
Passers-by saw his arms and legs floating in the
Royal Canal 10 days after the alleged murder.
The witness said she met Mr Noor on the day of her
16th birthday and had since had a son by him.
The now married mother-of-three said he was a
"lovely man" at first, but changed when he had a drink on him.
She also agreed with George Birmingham SC,
prosecuting, that the deceased carried knives. She said he had pulled
her hair and hit her in the head.
"He abused me, so I just got up and left him," she
told the jury.
She said she had taken out a protection order
against him and had secured full custody of their child.
He was a 'lovely man' at first, but changed when he
had a drink on him
Under cross-examination the witness detailed more
of the abuse she claimed she suffered at the hands of the deceased,
and agreed she had fears that her son was being abused by him.
She agreed she had been raped on numerous occasions
and had had "very brutal sex" with the deceased at any time and
anywhere he had wanted it.
She said the mother of the two accused, Kathleen
Mulhall, had contacted her on a number of occasions, making complaints
about Mr Noor and seeking her advice. She suggested she should leave
She also agreed she had called the gardai on a
number of occasions and had told them that Mr Noor was aggressive with
a short temper and was "someone who'd fight or get into rows at the
drop of a hat".
In relation to her son, she said that on one
occasion he had come home from an access visit with Mr Noor with what
appeared to be cigarette burns on him.
This was not confirmed by the hospital, but she
said Mr Noor would burn himself with cigarettes to "relieve the pain,
like stress, or anything he was going through - missing his family and
If somebody in his family had died, she said he
would make a mark to remember them by.
On another occasion, she said she became concerned
her son was overly sexualised and acting in a sexual way, which was
not something she had talked about with him.
She agreed she had also had a row with Mr Noor on a
day out in Sandycove, Co Dublin, where he was carrying a knife. After
the row she said he disappeared and had claimed he was drinking
somewhere, but she then learned this wasn't true.
He had also made comments to friends of hers about
a young woman being killed in Dun Laoghaire and had been questioned in
relation to that murder.
However, in earlier evidence gardai said they had
eliminated him from their inquiries.
The witness said Mr Noor would drink a full bottle
of vodka and would accuse her of cheating on him, before having a
two-way conversation with himself in the mirror.
She told the court she feared that "one day he
might kill me".
Scientist Claire Timms said she had carried out a
toxicology test on a blood sample taken from a man later identified as
Farah Swaleh Noor in July last year. She said the test revealed the
presence of ecstasy or MDMA at a level of 0.14 micrograms per
The Central Criminal Court trial has reached its
closing stages. The jury is expected to consider its verdict tomorrow
after closing speeches and a charge from Mr Justice Paul Carney.
Mulhall sister admits she hit victim with hammer
October 18, 2006
One of two Dublin sisters accused of murdering an
African man who’s headless and dismembered body was found in the Royal
Canal, told gardaí how she hit him with a hammer after her sister cut
his throat with a Stanley blade, a jury at the Central Criminal Court
Linda Mulhall (aged 31) also told gardaí how she
and her sister dragged the body into the bathroom of her mother’s flat
and spent a few hours cutting it up with a bread knife and hammer.
She said it took them several trips to dispose of
the body parts in the canal, whilst the severed head was taken in a
separate bag on the bus to Tallaght.
There she said she put the head in her son's school
bag and kissed the bag before saying a prayer.
Along with her sister Charlotte (aged 23) she
denies murdering Mr Farah Swaleh Noor on March 20th 2005 at her
mother’s flat in Ballybough. Both women are from Kilcare Gardens in
Detective Inspector Christopher Mangan told Mr
George Birmingham SC, prosecuting, that he had taken a voluntary
statement from Linda Mulhall at her house in Tallaght in August last
He said she told him that around mid-March her
mother Kathleen, who was dating Mr Noor, rang her sister Charlotte and
the two of them went to meet her on O’Connell Street in Dublin city
centre. She said her mother and Farah were holding hands and looked
Farah bought vodka from a shop and her mother
bought coke and they drank as they walked around the city before
stopping on the Boardwalk where she said her, Charlotte and her mother
took ecstasy tablets.
On their way back to her mother’s flat at Richmond
Cottages in Ballybough, where the murder is alleged to have taken
place, she said her mother and Farah were arguing.
Back at the flat Linda said she was sitting on her
sister Charlotte’s lap, listening to a CD when Farah came in and put
his arm around her waist.
She said: “He pulled me close to him and said
something into my ear I did not understand but I know it was dirty,
dirty. It caused me to shiver.” She said he then said something about
them being “creatures of the night” and she asked her mother “What
does he mean?”
"She said her mother had earlier crushed up an
ecstasy tablet and put it into the deceased’s drink as “she wanted
Farah to have E as me and Charlie were in good humour'.
"he said Farah was still holding her tightly.
Her mother asked: “What the f*** are you doing?”
She said “Farah kept saying you’re so like your
In the statement Linda described there being a
Stanley blade on the counter. She said Charlotte was telling Farah to
get his hands off her and her sister picked up the blade and cut his
She said Farah had been making threatening gestures
at her mother, he staggered through the bedroom door and hit his head
on a bunk bed. “I picked up a hammer and hit him on the head loads of
times, a good few times and Charlotte stabbed him.”
She said when Charlotte told their mother Farah was
dead, they were all screaming and her mother shouted “get him out".
She said the deceased was then dragged into the
bathroom by the legs where “Me and Charlotte chopped him up. It was
She said she had been in the shower while her
sister sat on a toilet seat. “Charlotte started sawing his legs with
She said it was a rugged blade and Charlotte became
tired. “The smell was… it wouldn’t go away. I think about it every
night,” she told gardaí.
She said she had used a hammer to hit his legs a
number of times and they had put towels over his legs to stop the
blood gushing out. She said they had taken turns doing both jobs and:
“It took us a few hours to do it.”
She also described cutting his penis off and said
she had thrown this in the canal along with the rest of the body,
which was put into black plastic bags and then sports bags before
being thrown into the canal.
She said she had carried the light bits, whilst
Charlotte had carried the heavier ones.
“We walked down to the canal a few times, it took a
few times,” she said. She had decided not to throw the head in so he
would not be identified.
She said the head had been brought by bus to
Tallaght where they walked through the Square shopping centre to Tynan
Park North. They walked around for ages there, before Charlotte dug a
hole with a knife in which to bury the head.
She said her mother had thrown the knives and a
hammer into some water nearby. However over the next few days Linda
allegedly told gardaí that something kept telling her to go back to
She said she removed the head and put it into a
plastic bag, which she hid in bushes. She then used her son’s school
bag to transfer the head to another field in Tallaght where she said
“kissed the bag and told Farah I was sorry.”
She said she stayed in the field for a long time,
drinking a litre bottle of vodka. She hit the head with another hammer
she had brought with her to try to break it up and said a prayer
before burning the plastic bag and the school bag.
The head and penis of the body have never been
found. At the conclusion of her statement, which was read to the
court, Det Insp Mangan agreed she had said: “It’s not my fault it
happened. I’m sorry. If I could turn back time I would.”
Under cross-examination from Mr Brendan Grehan SC,
for Linda Mulhall, Det. Insp. Mangan agreed gardaí had been making
limited progress in the case until his client contacted them. He
agreed there were many occasions when she had been crying and
emotional during the taking of the statements, and that during the
course of his dealings with her she seemed a very different person to
the kind of person who could be involved in an offence like this.
He said the offence appeared to have had a
traumatic effect on her and she had described it as “driving her
She had since turned to alcohol and had slashed her
arms as well as spending over a week in a psychiatric hospital.
Her father John Mulhall had taken his own life just
before Christmas last year whilst her mother has since disappeared.
Det Insp Mangan said his inquiries into the
background of Mr Noor had shown he was not a Somalian who had
witnessed the death of his wife there, but a Kenyan who’s family were
He had four previous convictions for offences
including intoxication, threatening and abusive behaviour and assault.
Two other women had had children by him and both
described having being raped by him.
He was also alleged to have assaulted Kathleen
Mulhall. The witness said: “From our inquiries we certainly
established he would have carried knives on occasions and drunk
excessively as well.”
However he had been eliminated as a suspect in a
murder case after being found with a knife in Dun Laoghaire, Co
During the trial yesterday Mr Justice Paul Carney
told the jury that Linda Mulhall’s statement was only admissible in
relation to her case, and was not admissible as evidence against her
sister Charlotte. The trial, before a jury of six men and six women