Saturday 20 January 2018

Man faces sentence for four murders

John Geary
John Geary
Murder victims Sarah Hines and her son Reece
Reece (3) and Amy Hines (five months) who were murdered along with their mother Sarah and her friend Alicia Brough, in a house in Newcastlewest, Co Limerick
Sarah Hines
Sarah Hines with her son Reece
Sarah Hines

Sam Griffin

A MAN who stabbed to death his ex, their five-month-old daughter and her three-year-old brother as well as his former partner's friend will be sentenced today for the 2010 murders.

John Geary, from Meadow Court, Newcastle West, had pleaded guilty to all charges after he was arraigned at the Central Criminal Court on June 17.

Justice Paul Carney adjourned sentencing until today when evidence and victim impact statements will be heard.

He faces the mandatory life sentence for the murders.

Geary killed his former partner Sarah Hines (25) on the night of November 15 shortly after their relationship had ended.

Geary, who was unemployed at the time and had previously been treated for suffering panic attacks, struggled to come to terms with the break-up. He confronted Ms Hines in a house in Hazelbrook, Newcastle West where she had been living with her friend Alicia Brough (20).

Geary stabbed Ms Hines and Ms Brough as well as his five-month-old daughter Amy and Amy's three year old brother Reece.

Hours after the brutal murders, the defendant rang a friend from a public payphone and told him what he had done. He in turn informed a retried Garda which led to a massive hunt for Geary.

Gardai traced the payphone call to Kilkee, Co Clare, over 100km from the murder scene, where they found Geary drinking in a bar.

He was arrested and later taken to the Midwestern Hospital where he was treated for lacerations to his arm.

It is understood he sustained the injuries after his victims fought back in their final moments.

He was charged with the four murders the following day.

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