Man once jailed for 'savage' killing is charged with burglary in Templepatrick

Man once jailed for 'savage' killing is charged with burglary in Templepatrick

A MAN with a Belfast address is charged with burglary with intent to steal at a dwelling at Temple Rise in Templepatrick.

Joseph Henry Graham (51), of Woodvale Street, is also alleged to have been in possession of an offensive weapon - a hammer - on the same date - February 26 this year - at Georges Street in Belfast.

Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, heard the defendant's prison release licence was revoked.

The case was adjourned to April 12.

The accused once served 15 years of a life sentence for a “savage” killing in Wales.

In the year 2000 a judge at Swansea Crown Court described a stabbing as the "most savage attack" he had ever had to deal with.

Joseph Graham had admitted killing a 37-year-old man at his west Wales home but denied murdering him.

The court heard the man had invited 29-year-old Graham back to his home in Sketty near Swansea for a drink, and within an hour was left for dead in a pool of blood on his living room floor.

Graham had drunk 20 bottles of lager before killing the man and could not remember why he had carried out the attack.

The man had been so badly beaten that he was unrecognisable.

He had been stabbed in the face and body 16 times and suffered multiple fractures to the skull and ribs.

A pathologist also found numerous fractures the face, jaw and forehead, plus 20 fractures to the ribs, the court heard.

Police discovered weapons used including a broken glass ashtray, a dining fork, a kitchen knife and the leg of a wooden stool, nearby.

The court heard that Graham, who left the scene covered in blood to search for more drink, admitted killing the man but denied murder.

The jury at Swansea Crown Court had convicted him unanimously of murder on what a judge called "overwhelming evidence".

He said Graham had attacked the man with a degree of savagery that he had never encountered in a criminal court before.