Mr Denison said: “This case is about a minor argument between two families’ children fighting. It suddenly and inexplicably erupted into violence on Easter Sunday.”Yes, it's totally inexplicable. I mean, who'd have thought travellers would be prone to this sort of violence?
Esther says that Sherri-Ann came straight to her and hit her on the head with a blue double-edged knife. She grabbed the knife to protect herself and she was hit again in her right shoulder and her hand.”
The prosecution said that Esther was dragged into the hallway and then the kitchen where Draper appeared with another long knife and took Esther back outside while “chopping her and causing deep cuts as she tried to protect herself.”
Mr Denison said: “Hugh had seen what was happening and had run back to get John Cooper. John was the first to get there and saw Esther lying on the ground covered in blood.
“He saw Draper holding something long which at the time he thought was a piece of wood in his hand. In fact, it was a shotgun.
“Hugh Doherty appeared and Levi Draper raised the gun and shot him in the chest.”Usually, they save it for the wake! Talk about getting ahead of yourselves....