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Murderer is sentenced for arson charge

Niamh O'Donoghue

Published 19/06/2014 | 02:30

A MAN who was jailed for life last month for murder, has also been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for arson.

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Darren Murphy (37) of Dan Desmond Villas, Passage West, Co Cork, had pleaded not guilty to murdering Olivia Dunlea (36) at Pembroke Crescent, Passage West, Co Cork, on February 17 2013, but had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Murphy, who admitted setting fire to Ms Dunlea's home because he claimed he "didn't want the kids to find her", had pleaded guilty to a charge of arson. Last month the jury in the Central Criminal Court found him guilty of murder by a majority of 10-1 verdict.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Carney sentenced Murphy to seven years imprisonment for the arson charge to run concurrently with his life sentence.

Irish Independent

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