Saturday 17 March 2018

Cold case: Woman pleads guilty to disposing evidence in husband’s killing

Case dates back 30 years

Natasha Reid

A 65-YEAR-OLD woman has admitted to being an accessory after the fact to her husband’s manslaughter at their Westmeath home almost 30 years ago.

Vera McGrath of Volvenstown, Fordstown, Navan, Co Meath was arraigned before the Central Criminal Court yesterday (Monday).

She was charged with materially assisting the killer of her 43-year-old husband, Bernard Brian McGrath, by disposing of evidence connected with his manslaughter at Lower Coole, Westmeath.

The charge stated that the manslaughter had been committed by Colin Pinder and related to a date unknown between March 16th and April 18th 1987.

She pleaded guilty to the charge and this plea was accepted by the prosecution.

Mr Justice Paul Carney remanded her on continuing bail for sentencing on Friday.

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