Tuesday 6 December 2016

Killer Kearney takes hotel off the market

He bought luxury retreat with wife Siobhan before murder

GERARD COUZENS

Published 03/07/2011 | 05:00

THE luxury hotel Dubliner Brian Kearney bought with his wife, whom he went on to murder, has been taken off the market.

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Kearney first put the boutique Hotel Salvia in Mallorca up for sale two years ago for €3.4m. But the asking price was slashed to €2.75m in just four months as Spanish property prices crashed with the recession.

Estate agent Engel and Volkers confirmed last week that the 19th century townhouse was no longer on its books. It is not known when the property was withdrawn from sale.

Kearney opened the luxury hotel in the upmarket resort of Soller in north-west Mallorca with wife Siobhan in 2003, three years before he strangled her to death and then tried to make it look like suicide.

He handed the running of the hotel over to his daughter Aoife after he was jailed for life for her murder.

The hotel is now run by Kearney's brother, Patrick.

An insider said: "Hotel Salvia is not for sale anymore. The owner took the decision he wanted to run it as a hotel."

Kearney, 54, from Knocknashee, Goatstown, Co Dublin, was found guilty of strangling his wife with a vacuum cleaner flex in March 2008.

A jury took just over five hours to reject his claim that she committed suicide and found that he murdered her on February 28, 2006 -- her 49th birthday -- as she lay in bed in her pyjamas.

After killing her, Kearney tried to hoist her over a door in her bedroom in an attempt to make it look like she killed herself.

During the 13-day trial, the court heard Siobhan, mother to the couple's three-year-old son Daniel, was filing for a divorce and had sought legal advice.

The jury was also told that Kearney would have been hit badly by a separation after remortgaging the family home to build a new home next door and pay for the Majorca hotel and leaving himself asset rich but cash poor.

Kearney and his wife bought Hotel Salvia in December 2002 and opened for business in March the following year after he carried out refurbishments.

They split their time between Ireland and Majorca, shutting the hotel from December to March during the off-season.

Siobhan had been preparing to return to the Spanish island to open the hotel for the holiday season when she was murdered.

Garda detectives travelled to Soller and removed documents from the couple's hotel before Kearney's arrest.

In July 2009 the Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed an appeal by Kearney against his murder conviction.

Earlier this year it was reported the house where Siobhan was murdered is back on the market at less than half the original asking price.

The five-bed property was reportedly put up for sale in February for €660,000 -- a knockdown price from when it first went on the market for €1.4m three years ago.

Vanessa Kozakowski-Ferreira, the manager at Hotel Salvia, declined to comment when contacted.

Sunday Independent

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