Tuesday 25 October 2016

DPP to appeal leniency of sentence of Pearse McAuley for attack on estranged wife

Published 09/01/2016 | 13:35

Pearse McAuley
Pearse McAuley
Pauline Tully, supported by sisters Margaret and Tina, speaks outside Cavan Courthouse following the sentencing of her estranged husband Pearse McAuley for the attack last Christmas in which she was stabbed 13 times

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is appealing the leniency of the sentence imposed of garda killer Pearse McAuley for a violent assault on his estranged wife, Pauline Tully, during which she was stabbed 13 times in front of their children.

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Riveting radtio: Pauline Tully's interview
Riveting radtio: Pauline Tully's interview

The veteran IRA member and convicted garda killer was sentenced to 12 years with four suspended last month for the violent assault  which took place on Christmas Eve 2014

He was also given a three year concurrent sentence for possession of a knife, six years for false imprisonment of Ms Tully and four years for a threat to kill Ms Tully’s brother.

Each of the sentences were back-dated to the date when McAuley was taken into custody, December 27 last year.

With remission McAuley will be released in five years.

In a harrowing victim impact statement read out in court, Ms Tully  said he subjected her to "verbal and emotional abuse" during the ordeal, adding that she was treated "worse than an animal".

She began praying as she was convinced she was going to die.

"There was a lot of blood. I silently spoke to my parents and asked them to meet me in the afterlife.

In candid interview with Marian Finucane on RTE Radio, Ms Tully described how she thought she was going to die when McAuley stabbed her 13 times last Christmas Eve in an ordeal that lasted two-and-a-half hours.

The Garda killer Pearse McAuley told his children to say goodbye to their mother as he stabbed her 13 times with a steak knife on Christmas Eve.

For more than two-and-a half hours, McAuley - who was convicted of killing Detective Garda Jerry McCabe in 1996 - stabbed, punched and kicked the mother of his children, Pauline Tully, in the family home.

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