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Nicola Anderson: Daughter's tip-off brought murder inquiry back to life

Published 27/07/2010 | 05:00

Vera McGrath was found guilty yesterday of murdering her husband Brian McGrath 23 years ago
Vera McGrath was found guilty yesterday of murdering her husband Brian McGrath 23 years ago
Colin Pinder was convicted of manslaughter last week

FOR four days in the witness stand -- sometimes tearful, truculent and even defiant -- Veronica McGrath gave a dark and disturbing account of her father's killing 23 years ago.

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To say she was in a difficult position could be considered something of an understatement. Daughter of the slain man, daughter of the accused woman, ex-wife of the accused man -- and the chief prosecution witness to boot.

This trial would never have happened had she not come forward to a Liverpool social worker back in 1993 with her almost incredible tale of events at the family cottage in Coole, Co Westmeath.

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