One of the IRA killers of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe is facing another long term in prison having pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning his wife and causing her serious harm.
Pearse McAuley (50), who is originally from Strabane, Co Tyrone, but with an address at Apartment 2 Block 1, Canal Bank Walk, Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty to four serious charges at Cavan Circuit Court yesterday following an incident at his estranged wife's home last Christmas Eve.
He pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning his estranged wife, former Sinn Féin councillor Pauline Tully McAuley, and producing a knife during a dispute at Kilderry, Kilnaleck, Co Cavan, on December 24 last year.
McAuley also pleaded guilty to intentionally/recklessly causing serious harm to her on the same occasion and to a fourth charge of threatening to kill her brother Tommy during the same incident.
Ms Tully, who now uses her maiden name, was in the courthouse but did not enter the courtroom and exited via a side entrance following his guilty pleas.
McAuley, dressed in a grey suit, sat smiling and waved to two women at the rear of the court before the case was called and spoke only to answer guilty to each of the charges.
His defence Counsel Eanna Mulloy SC told the court McAuley has been in custody in Castlerea prison since the incident. He asked Judge John O'Hagan if sentencing could be put back until after Christmas of this year to allow for reports to be furnished to the court.
Prosecuting Counsel Monica Lawlor BL said that would mean an adjournment until March next year, but she understood the sentencing would be adjourned until the November sitting of the court.
Judge O'Hagan remanded McAuley in custody to Castlerea prison once again to appear again at Cavan Circuit Court on November 24, when he will be sentenced.
The judge also ordered the preparation of a victim impact report on Ms Tully and a probation and welfare report on McCauley.