Thursday 18 January 2018

Man accused of killing his wife told gardai who arrested him, 'I'm sorry'

Oliver Kierans arriving at court
Oliver Kierans arriving at court
Gardai move to break-up scuffles at Cavan courthouse where Oliver Kierans appeared
Patricia Kierans

A MAN suspected of murdering his wife before barricading himself in a pub for nine hours told arresting gardai he was sorry.

Oliver Kierans told gardai after the siege ended: "I will admit. I'm sorry."

He made the comments when he was arrested in the early hours of Friday last on suspicion of murdering his estranged wife, Patricia, pictured.

There were violent scenes as Mr Kierans arrived at Cavan town courthouse at 6.20pm yesterday.

The unmarked garda car carrying him was immediately set upon by an angry group of onlookers, mainly women, who jostled him and gardai as they made their way to the courthouse doors.

A garda officer was knocked to the ground during the scuffles.

Mr Kierans cowered as blows were thrown and abuse shouted at him before he was ushered inside.

The hearing started just after 7pm, with members of Ms Kierans' family in attendance as well as the couple's four children, Shane, Ollie Jnr, Gerard and Julie.

Mr Kierans, wearing glasses, jeans, a green jacket and blue-checked shirt, sat in the dock staring ahead.

He had a cut above his right eye.

Judge Sean MacBride was told how he was arrested outside a pub in his home town of Bailieborough, Co Cavan, at 3.20am last Friday.

He had been barricaded inside the Square Bar in the town for the previous nine hours.

Det Sgt Ann-Marie Lardner of Bailieborough garda station told the court of the moments after the siege ended.

"At 3.20am I arrested Oliver Kierans on suspicion of murdering Patricia Kierans at 31 Drumbannon," she said.

She cautioned Mr Kierans and said that his response that night was: "I will admit. I'm sorry."

Mr Kierans, who was arrested under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007, was transferred to Cavan General Hospital on Friday night.

He was taken back to Bailieborough garda station for questioning on Monday.

Det Sgt Lardner told the judge that Mr Kierans was charged at Bailieborough garda station at 5.15pm yesterday.

He has been accused of murdering his estranged wife at their former family home, 31 Drumbannon, on Thursday, September 5.

Det Sgt Lardner said that Mr Kierans made no reply to that charge.

He was also charged with being in possession of a firearm contrary to the Firearms Act.

When that charge was put to him, Det Sgt Lardner told the judge that he said: "Not really. I have to speak to Joanne," referring to his solicitor Joanne Kangley.

Mr Kierans remained expressionless throughout the 20-minute hearing.

Gardai requested that he be remanded in custody to appear at Harristown Court this Friday.

Judge MacBride granted the request and ordered that Mr Kierans, who has applied for legal aid, be taken to Castlerea Prison.

The judge also said he should be placed on suicide watch.

Members of Ms Kierans' family, including her sister Mairead Murray, left immediately after the hearing ended.

Mr Kierans' children spoke to him as he sat in the dock for a little more than 10 minutes after the hearing before he was driven away by gardai.

By Cormac McQuinn

Irish Independent

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