A man accused of the crossbow killing of a retired lecturer has claimed he initially lied to police about being in the area because he did not want to reveal his gay affair, a court has heard.
Sports therapist Terence Whall, 39, told Mold Crown Court he was near the remote Anglesey home of Gerald Corrigan, 74, on the night of the fatal shooting because he was having sex with friend Barry Williams in a field nearby.
Mr Corrigan was shot as he adjusted his satellite dish in the early hours of the morning of Good Friday on April 19 last year and died in hospital almost a month later.
When police initially asked Whall, who denies murder, where he was at the time of the shooting and on the previous night, when he is alleged to have carried out a ‘reconnaissance’, he told them he had been at the home he shared with partner Emma Roberts in Bryngwran, Anglesey.
A GPS system from the father-of-three’s Land Rover Discovery, which was discovered burnt out in a disused quarry last June, showed he had been in the area.
Whall, from east London, claimed he’d initially lied to police because he wanted to hide his relationship with Mr Williams.
Sports therapist Terence Whall, 39, denies the murder of Gerald Corrigan, claiming he was near the retired lecturer’s house because he was having sex with friend Barry Williams in a field nearby
Cross-examining Whall on Friday, Peter Rouch QC, prosecuting, asked why he had not told police the truth.
Whall replied: ‘What I do with my sexual life is my private business and nothing to do with North Wales Police or newspapers or everyone else.
‘There’s nobody knows the gravity of this situation more than me. I’ve had my name dragged through the papers.’
He added: ‘I didn’t really want to admit I’d been there with Barry.
‘I didn’t think they had the right to know.’
Mr Williams has denied having a sexual relationship with Whall.
Whall said he had owned a crossbow but sold it to a man who called at his house some time around January, three months before Mr Corrigan’s murder.
Mr Corrigan was shot as he adjusted his satellite dish in the early hours of the morning of Good Friday on April 19 last year
He ordered a new crossbow online but it did not arrive until after April 19, the court heard.
But the jury was told he ordered crossbow bolts and broadheads from website Amazon in February and March.
Asked why he ordered them if he did not own a crossbow, Whall said: ‘I’ve already said I was planning on getting another crossbow.’
He said on the evening of April 17 he drove to Mr Corrigan’s home near South Stack because he thought the house was empty and he wanted to go to the nearby clifftop to meditate.
While there he also looked for somewhere he could go with Mr Williams the following night, he said.
The tai chi instructor said he parked his car on the drive of the house while he walked in the nearby field and later moved it to Porth Dafarch beach, where he walked back to the field and the clifftop.
Mr Rouch said: ‘You were scoping the house out, weren’t you?’
Whall replied: ‘No.’
The court heard in the week leading up to Friday May 31, Whall placed a tracker on a car used by Richard Wyn Lewis, who the jury has been told is currently under investigation for offences of fraud in relation to Mr Corrigan and his partner Marie Bailey.
A GPS system from the Whall’s Land Rover Discovery, which was discovered burnt out in a disused quarry last June, showed he had been in the area of Mr Corrigan’s home (pictured)
Whall said he placed the tracker on the car because it was owned by a man named Geraint Williams and he believed Mr Lewis was going to steal it and take it to Ireland.
He said: ‘He is a con artist. He preys on the elderly.’
Together with co-defendant, Gavin Jones, 36, of Bryngwran, Anglesey, Whall also denies conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to commit arson in relation to the Land Rover, which Whall claimed was stolen before it was found burnt out.
The trial was adjourned until Monday.