Woman accused of John Gogarty murder used victim’s card to withdraw money

John Gogarty
John Gogarty

A woman accused of murdering a South Yorkshire pensioner was caught on CCTV withdrawing money from his bank account, a court heard.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that Helen Nichols accepts she was the person shown on CCTV withdrawing money from a cash machine close to the home of property developer John Gogarty on July 13 this year.

Crime scene investigation officers at the house in Marsh Street, Wombwell where John Gogarty was murdered'Picture Dean Atkins

Crime scene investigation officers at the house in Marsh Street, Wombwell where John Gogarty was murdered'Picture Dean Atkins

Mr Gogarty was stabbed 69 times in his home in Wombwell, Barnsley.

It is the prosecution case he was murdered after being robbed by Nichols and her boyfriend Ian Birley, who allegedly owed £500 to a Sheffield drug dealer.

Graham Reeds QC, prosecuting, read a list of facts agreed by the prosecution and the defence about the case to the jury including that Nichols ‘used a cash machine to withdraw money from John Gogarty’s account’, with the receipt for the transaction timed at 6.53pm.

The receipt was found by police next to Mr Gogarty’s body. The attack on Mr Gogarty in his home started shortly after 6.42pm, when phone records showed he read a text from a friend.

The court has previously heard Nichols has accepted she was at the scene but had played no part in the murder, which she says was committed by Birley.

Birley also denies murder and says he played no part in the events.

Other agreed facts given to the jury include that at 8.20pm on the day of the murder, a mobile phone shared by Birley and Nichols was used to make a call to the phone of Ian Neish, the man said to be the drug dealer Birley owed money to.

Calls were made by Neish’s phone back to Birley and Nichol’s mobile at 9.14pm and 9.31pm.

Mr Reeds said analysis of Neish’s phone shows it was used in Sheffield at 8.51pm before being recorded as being in the Barnsley area until 9.45pm and then returning to Sheffield. It is also agreed that a watch with Mr Gogarty’s blood on it was later found in Neish’s kitchen cupboard.

Birley, 43, and Nichols, 38, both of Mont Walk, Wombwell, both deny murder.