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Friday 28 October 2016

Murderer says sorry to victim's family

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

Niamh Holliday, daughter of Margot Seery. Photo: RTE Prime Time
Niamh Holliday, daughter of Margot Seery. Photo: RTE Prime Time

A murderer who let a family believe for more than 20 years that their loved one had accidentally died after drinking alcohol has apologised for his actions.

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Howard Kelly was this week jailed for life for the murder of Margot Seery in Rathmines, Dublin, in 1994, after confessing to her killing two decades later. At the time of the killing, Kelly was 20 years old and a student at UCD, studying economics.

Niamh Holliday was led to believe that her mother had died accidentally after drinking too much alcohol until Kelly came forward to gardai and confessed last year.

Ms Holliday was 12-years-old when her mother was murdered.

In a statement to RTÉ's 'Prime Time', Kelly said he was "tormented with guilt and remorse" following the murder.

"I want to express my deepest regret and remorse for the shock, pain and suffering that has been caused to the family of Margot Seery by me coming forward with my confession," he said.

"I understand that this is the worst possible news one could possibly hear about a family member. I cannot describe how sorry I am for what I have done, nor the abhorrence I have for my actions.

"I am tormented with guilt and remorse and I hope the life sentence handed down by the court is of some comfort to Niamh and her family.

"There is nothing I can say in defence of my shameful actions."

Addressing Ms Seery's family, he said he accepted that "forgiveness may never be possible".

"I am sorry for taking so long to begin my incarceration and I hope the time served will emphasise my deep remorse and bring you peace in whatever way may be possible," he added.

A post-mortem examination carried out in October 1994 wrongly found that Ms Seery had died after choking on her own vomit.

On Monday, as Kelly was jailed for life, the court heard Kelly spent up to five minutes choking her to death.

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