A Mayo man said he poured boiling water over a disabled pensioner’s genitals and beat the man’s elderly brother in his bed because he thought that they might be child molesters, as they were living together.

The memo of Alan Cawley’s interviews with gardai were being read to the jury in his murder trial at the Central Criminal Court this morning.

The 30-year-old is charged with murdering Thomas Blaine and John (Jack) Blaine. Both had illnesses, including speech impediments.

Mr Cawley of Four Winds, Corrinbla, Ballina, Co Mayo has admitted killing the brothers.

However, he has pleaded not guilty to murdering them on 10th July 2013 at New Antrim Street in Castlebar.

Garda Hugh O’Donnell testified that he interviewed Mr Cawley following his arrest.

He told Denis Vaughan Buckley SC, prosecuting, that the accused had initially denied involvement.

However, he said his memory came back when gardai showed him CCTV footage of him entering the Blaine home with Jack Blaine.

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He said he had gone upstairs looking for sleeping tablets or drugs, but couldn’t find any. He came back downstairs and the man with whom he had entered the house was in the kitchen.

“He was very clingy and he wouldn’t speak properly so I asked, ‘What’s wrong? What are you looking for?’” he said.

“I felt the best idea was to show the man that men can’t always get what they want... that if I inflicted some pain it would make up for everything in the past.”

He said he beat him with a stick and made his way to the front door. However he saw another man in a bed at the front of the house.

“I thought that if they were living together, maybe that the two of them were child molesters,” he said.

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He said he hit this man with a stick about 25 times before returning to the first man.

“I thought it was a fitting punishment to put hot water on his genital area,” he said.

He said he did this, after first boiling a kettle of water.

The trial continues this afternoon.