Saturday 18 November 2017

'Cold case' killer jailed after 30 years

John Joseph Malone Pic: Courtpix
John Joseph Malone Pic: Courtpix

Eoin Reynolds

A nephew of an elderly woman strangled to death in her home almost three decades ago say they finally have "closure" after her killer was found guilty of her murder.

The body of Ann 'Nancy' Smyth (69) was found in her home - which was set on fire after her murder - on Wolfe Tone Street, Co Kilkenny, on September 11, 1987.

It was the subject of a 'cold case' investigation.

Yesterday, John Joseph Malone (53), of Newpark, Kilkenny City, was found guilty of the murder by a Central Criminal Court jury of seven men and five women who returned their unanimous verdict after three hours and 26 minutes of deliberating. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Malone, who was on bail when the trial began, had his bail revoked last week after he was seen shouting abuse at the home of an 81-year-old woman days before she was due to give evidence against him.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy allowed Ms Smyth's family to make a statement to the court.

The victim's nephew Desmond Murphy choked back tears to say: "What happened to Nancy on that night had a major effect on all members of our family."

"Closure is there," he said.

Irish Independent

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