The trial of a woman and man accused of murdering a man in Cork city more than two years ago has heard the victim sustained 25 stab wounds to the torso and a "deep chop wound" to his head.

Fifty-four-year-old Helen Jones and 43-year-old Keith O'Hara are both charged with the murder of 52-year-old Paul Jones at 108 Bandon Road on 4 September 2019.

The body of Paul Jones was discovered inside the property on 7 September after his family became concerned for his welfare.

Helen Jones was a sister of the victim. Both she and co-accused Keith O’Hara, with whom she had been in a relationship, deny the charges.

Senior Council Siobhan Lankford set out the case for the State at the Central Criminal Court in Cork city this morning, including findings of the victim’s post-mortem examination.

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She said the case involved an "enormous number of witnesses" and outlined some of the evidence which will be presented, including a blood stained machete discovered discarded nearby in McCurtain Villas.

Ms Lankford said a series of witnesses will be called, including those present on Bandon Road the night of the alleged incident.

Ms Lankford also referred to "ongoing acrimony" between the Jones’ siblings concerning the family home at 27 Cahergal Avenue in Mayfield at which Ms Jones and Mr O’Hara had been living.

A jury of five woman and seven men has been sworn in for the case.

Mr Justice Michael McGrath is presiding over the trial which is expected to last between three and four weeks.