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Accused crossbow killer lied to police over whereabouts ‘to cover up gay affair’

The prime suspect of a retired lecturer’s murder lied to police about where he was because he didn’t want to reveal his gay affair, a court heard.

Terence Whall, 39, is alleged to have ‘scoped out’ the remote Anglesey home of Gerald Corrigan, 74, before shooting him with a crossbow in the early hours of April 19 last year.

The victim was seriously wounded as he adjusted his satellite dish and died in hospital almost a month later.

Jurors at Mold Crown Court have heard how Whall initially claimed he’d been at home with his partner that night. But the GPS system in the father-of-three’s burned out Land Rover Discovery later revealed he’d been to Mr Corrigan’s address.

Whall conceded during cross-examination he hadn’t been truthful with police, but insisted he was only in the area because he was having sex with friend Barry Williams in a field close by.

The sports therapist, who denies murder, said: ‘What I do with my sexual life is my private business and nothing to do with North Wales Police or The Sun newspaper or everyone else.

‘There’s nobody knows the gravity of this situation more than me. I’ve had my name dragged through the papers.’

The east Londoner added: ‘I didn’t really want to admit I’d been there with Barry. I didn’t think they had the right to know.’

Mr Williams has denied having a sexual relationship with Whall.

The alleged killer told jurors he drove to the pensioner’s home near South Stack on the night of April 17 because he thought the house was empty and he wanted to go to the nearby clifftop to meditate.

While there, he said went to look for somewhere he could take Mr Williams the following night.

The tai chi instructor said he parked his car on Mr Corriogan’s driveway while he walked in the nearby field and later moved it to Porth Dafarch beach.

From there, he said, he walked back to the field and the clifftop.

Mr Rouch challenged him: ‘You were scoping the house out, weren’t you?’

Whall replied: ‘No.’

Together with co-defendant, Gavin Jones, 36, from Anglesey, Whall further denies conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and conspiracy to commit arson in relation to the Land Rover, which he claims was stolen before it was found burnt out.

Jones’s brother Darren Jones, 41, and Martin Roberts, 34, have admitted arson.

Whall replied: ‘I’ve already said I was planning on getting another crossbow.’

The trial continues.