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Monday 21 April 2014

Limerick man pleads guilty to four murders

John Geary pleaded guilty to the four murders
John Geary pleaded guilty to the four murders

A LIMERICK man has pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to murdering four people, including his ex-partner and her two children.

John Geary (37) of Meadow Court, Newcastle West, this morning pleaded guilty to the murder of his ex-partner Sarah Hines (25), their five-month-old daughter Amy, her three-year-old brother Reece and 20-year-old Alicia Brough at a house in Hazelgrove, Newcastle West on November 15, 2010.

All four were found stabbed to death in the house, and Geary was arrested and charged with their murders.

The case was brought before Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this Monday for trial.

However, counsel for the accused man, Mr Hugh Hartnett SC, told Mr Justice Carney that a jury would not be required.

Geary, who sat in the dock wearing a light blue shirt and blue jeans, then entered a plea of guilty on all four counts read to him by the court registrar.

Lawyers for the State said that three weeks would be required for the preparation of victim impact statements.

Mr Justice Carney remanded Geary in custody until July 8th for sentence.

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