Thursday 18 January 2018

Court reserves judgment on manslaughter appeal

A MAN is unlikely to find out in this legal term whether or not his attempt to quash his 40-year-old conviction for killing a young woman has been successful, writes Laura Whelan.

The Court of Criminal Appeal said yesterday that it "hoped" to deliver judgment "as soon as possible" in a case taken by Martin Conmey to have his conviction for the manslaughter of Una Lynskey declared a miscarriage of justice.

The appeal court, Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman presiding, adjourned its decision.

Mr Conmey (59), of Porterstown Lane, Ratoath, Co Meath, claims that there are "newly discovered facts" that prove his conviction in connection with the death of Ms Lynskey (19) in 1971 is unsafe.

Una Lynskey vanished on October 12, 1971. Her body was discovered in December of that year in the Dublin Mountains.

In 1972, Mr Conmey and Dick Donnelly, were convicted of her manslaughter. A year later, both men appealed. Mr Donnelly's conviction was overturned but Martin Conmey served three years in prison.

Irish Independent

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