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Wednesday, July 7, 1999 Published at 18:12 GMT 19:12 UK


Schoolboy's 'killer' acted normally, court told

Dominic McKilligan is led from court

A student charged with raping and murdering a schoolboy seemed "as normal" minutes after the alleged attack, his flatmate has told his trial.

Dominic McKilligan, 19, from Newcastle, denies raping 11-year-old Wesley Neailey and murdering him in June last year.

Ann Lang, 20, a dance student at Newcastle University, said she "popped her head" round the door of the garage where the murder is alleged to have taken place and saw Mr McKilligan.

[ image: The court heard Wesley Neailey was a
The court heard Wesley Neailey was a "cheerful and affectionate" boy
"I didn't notice anything different about him. he just seemed his normal self," she told Newcastle Crown Court.

£150 cheque

Police linked him to the attack after a cheque for £150 made out to Wesley was found in a waste bin in his bedsit.

Ms Lang and a second flatmate, Nicola Thompson, both told the court how they had heard Mr McKilligan shout out in his sleep on the night of the killing.

Ms Thompson, 20, said she heard the defendant shout out "No" and thought he was having a bad dream.

Mr McKilligan is alleged to have driven the boy's body out to Healey, Northumberland, and dumped it in a country lane.

Ms Lang said the day after the alleged murder, he bought a new white Range Rover and drove her to Healey.

She said Mr McKilligan also told her he had seen Wesley running down an alleyway and had told police.

'Killed to keep quiet'

The prosecution claims the boy was strangled and attacked with a wrench to prevent him talking about the sex attack.

John Milford QC said: "In the garage the defendant raped the boy, then killed him.

"Later in the same day he took the dead body into the countryside and dumped it where he hoped it would be unlikely to be found."

[ image: The case is being heard at Newcastle Crown Court]
The case is being heard at Newcastle Crown Court
The court heard that during a police interview Mr McKilligan admitted squeezing his hands around a bag he had put over Wesley's head.

When asked by an officer whether he had done that to stop him breathing, Mr McKilligan repeated: "To stop him breathing."

He was also said to have told detectives: "I took the boy out in my car somewhere and I dumped him in a ditch."

Mr McKilligan led police to Wesley's body, dumped near the village of Healey, Northumberland, 20 miles from the boy's home.

The court was told there is forensic evidence linking Wesley to Mr McKilligan's garage, including traces of blood on his car.

The trial continues.

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