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Convicted killer Joe O'Reilly granted free legal aid to seek miscarriage of justice ruling

Nicola Donnelly

Published 28/11/2012 | 11:16

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AN application by convicted wife murderer Joe O'Reilly for legal aid in order to take a miscarriage of justice case, was granted in the Court of Criminal Appeal.

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Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman granted the application after the court heard there was no objection from the Chief State Solicitor Tom Browne.

Mr O'Reilly was not present in court. He is serving life for killing his wife Rachel at their home in Naul, Co Dublin, in October 2004.

In 2009 he lost an appeal against his conviction but he maintains his innocence.

He is now applying to have his case declared a miscarriage of justice and today, as part of the application, he was granted free legal aid.

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