Monday 26 September 2016

Dying Irishman who served 28 years for hairdresser murder declared innocent by lie detector test

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 26/07/2015 | 11:10

O'Halloran served 28 years for a murder he says he didn't commit
O'Halloran served 28 years for a murder he says he didn't commit

A Kildare man who served 28 years for a murder he says he didn't commit has been declared innocent by a lie detector test.

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Martin O'Halloran (66), from the Curragh, was jailed in the UK in 1975 for his part in the killing of Thomas Walker, a hairdresser.

With only months to live, O'Halloran organised the test in an effort to vindicate his good name, the Irish Sunday Mirror reports.

"Knowing there's some proof that I'm innocent makes me feel incredible," he said.

The victim was kicked and punched to death after leaving a pub in Warwickshire.

At the time, O'Halloran claims that he was more than 100 miles away in London.

He was deemed to have served his time and released from prison in 2003.

O'Halloran said that he found it impossible to express his remorse while in prison.

"I feel sorry for the victim and his family.

"But I had no emotions to express, I knew I was innocent."

Martin met and married his wife, Margaret, while he was behind bars.

Despite his ordeal he has retained his sense of humour.

He joked : "I've served nearly 30 years. It's not long when you say it quickly."

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