Tuesday 28 February 2017

Estranged wife of garda killer Pearse McAuley expresses frustration at delays in sentencing him

Greg Harkin

Pearse McAuley and Pauline Tully
Pearse McAuley and Pauline Tully

THE estranged wife of Garda killer Pearse McAuley has expressed her frustration at delays in sentencing him for a violent assault on her on Christmas Eve last year.

McAuley, (50), was due to be sentenced at Cavan Circuit Criminal Court today for assaulting Pauline Tully, a former Sinn Fein councillor.

Ms Tully’s victim impact statement was due to be heard as part of proceedings this morning.

However Judge John Aylmer was told McAuley’s senior counsel Eanna Molloy was unable to be in court today as he was at another hearing.

Prosecution barrister Monica Lawlor told the judge that the “complainant in this case is perturbed to say the least” at the delay in sentencing.

She said the DPP was in a position to proceed with the case today.

Judge Aylmer said the delay was regrettable but “unavoidable in the circumstances”.

He adjourned sentencing until this Friday having been told the hearing will take in excess of an hour.

McAuley, who was brought to court in a prison van, did not leave the vehicle which was parked outside Cavan court house.

A large number of gardai were in place outside the court building.

McAuley, who is originally from Strabane, but with an address at Apartment 2 Block 1, Cavan Bank Walk, Ballyconnell, County Cavan has already pleaded guilty to producing a knife during a dispute at Kilderry, Kilnaleck, Cavan, on December 24 last year.

He has also pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning his estranged wife, Ms Tully and with intentionally/recklessly causing serious harm to her on the same occasion. McAuley has also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill her brother Tommy during the same incident.

The Strabane mans was one of four IRA men who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe.

Mr McCabe was killed in Adare, Co Limerick, in June 1996 during the attempted robbery of a post office van.

McAuley was released from prison in 2009 having served ten years of a 14 year setence for the killing.

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