July 2010

‘Paedophile plotted to have father killed’

‘Sick and evil’: David Moynihan, jailed for having sex with a 14-year-old girl and attempting to have her father murdered

AN ATHLETICS coach who lives in Pembury was so angry after the end of his affair with a 15-year-old that he hatched a murder plot to get rid of her father, a court heard.

David Moynihan, 43, of Maidstone Road, began the affair with the underage girl after training sessions at a sports club in Hertfordshire, a jury at London’s Old Bailey was told.

But the alleged relationship came to an end after the girl confessed to her father and Moynihan is accused of making plans to kill him.

Prosecutor Ann Evans said Moynihan made contact with his own son, Richard, and asked him to find someone who could get rid of the girl’s father “for good”.

She added: “Richard had no doubt his father would carry out these threats.

“He was so concerned, he thought his father had lost his mind and he contacted police.”

The court was told how Moynihan had previously declared his love for the girl online, saying: “I just feel sick the whole time you’re away. I ache for you so badly. I love you with all my soul.”

In reply she said: “I love you so much David. I love you too. Marry me.”

In April 2009 Moynihan arranged for them to spend a night at a hotel and jurors heard they had sex for the first time the following month – when she was just 14.

Miss Evans said Moynihan found out the girl had ended the affair and texted her saying he thought they were going to “run away together and be together forever”.

It was while on bail for five charges of sexual activity with the 15-year-old that he is accused of trying to have her father stabbed.

Moynihan denies soliciting to murder and five counts of sexual activity with a child. The trial continues.