Tuesday 21 November 2017

McAuley's sentence 'too lenient', says DPP

Pearse McAuley. Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Pearse McAuley. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Ruaidhrí Giblin

Prosecutors will argue in November that garda killer Pearse McAuley's 12-year prison sentence for attacking his estranged wife was "unduly lenient".

McAuley (50), with an address in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty to seriously assaulting and falsely imprisoning his estranged wife as well as other related offences committed on Christmas Eve 2014 at the home they had once shared in Kilnaleck.

He was sentenced at Cavan Circuit Criminal Court to 12 years' imprisonment, with the final four suspended, by Judge John Aylmer on December 2, 2015.

The DPP is seeking a review of McAuley's sentence on the grounds that it was "unduly lenient".

During case-management procedures in the Court of Appeal yesterday, Mr Justice George Birmingham fixed November 7 next as the date for the hearing.

McAuley was not in court for the procedural matter. He was previously convicted of the manslaughter of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe and sentenced to 14 years in prison in 1999.

Irish Independent

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