Murderer drank glass of milk after slaying his four victims
A MAN murdered his ex-partner, their baby daughter, a three-year-old boy and another young woman – then poured himself a glass of milk and drank it.
John Geary (37) faces a mandatory life sentence next month after he pleaded guilty to the murder of two women and two children at a house in Hazelgrove, Newcastle West, Co Limerick on November 15, 2010.
Geary's ex-partner Sarah Hines (25), their five-month-old daughter Amy, her three-year-old brother Reece and 20-year-old Alicia Brough suffered multiple stab wounds to the front and side of their bodies at the rented house.
A range of kitchen implements, including knives, were used to carry out the horrific violent deaths.
After murdering all four, Geary, with an address at Meadow Court, Newcastle West, Co Limerick, brought the two lifeless toddlers upstairs and placed their bodies in a bed and then covered them with a duvet.
He then returned downstairs, where the two murdered women lay and poured himself a glass of milk from the fridge.
He drank it before leaving the bloodied scene.
Geary was the former partner of Ms Hines and the couple had a baby daughter, Amy.
However, Ms Hines ended their relationship and moved into new accommodation at Hazlegrove in the west Limerick town.
It was here on the morning of November 15 when Geary called to the home.
He had spent the previous Sunday night drinking vodka and beer in Flavin's pub in Church Street in the town.
Ms Brough, who lived in Rockchapel, Co Cork, left the home with Reece to go to a nearby shop.
Moments after they left, Geary and Ms Hines had a dispute over an English man, Chris Bradley from Essex, whom the mother was in contact with via Facebook and texting.
Geary subsequently attacked and murdered his former partner and their baby girl.
Unaware of what was lying in wait for them, Alicia and little Reece returned from the shop to the bloodied scene and Geary then attacked them.
They were also stabbed multiple times and died.
Geary, who injured his hand during the attack, walked to his own rented home and changed his clothes.
He then boarded an evening bus to Colbert Station in Limerick before travelling on to Kilkee via Ennis.
He booked into the four-star Stella Maris hotel and was the hotel's only resident that night.
Geary spent the evening drinking in his room before resuming his drinking the following day while the four bodies remained undiscovered at the house.
He then rang a friend from a pub and confided that he had "done something terrible" and gardai were alerted.
He was arrested in the Central bar in Kilkee almost 36 hours after he committed the murders and has been in custody since.
The case was brought before Mr Justice Paul Carney at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday for trial.
However, counsel for the accused man, Mr Hugh Hartnett, told Mr Justice Carney that a jury would not be required.
Geary, who sat in the dock wearing a light blue shirt and blue jeans, then entered a plea of guilty on all four counts read to him by the court registrar.
Lawyers for the State said that three weeks would be required for the preparation of victim impact statements.
Mr Justice Carney remanded Geary in custody until July 8 for sentencing.
Ms Hines is survived by her mother, Abina and seven younger brothers; Adam, Ben, Lewis, Josh, Jessie, Damien and Chris.
The family are originally from Essex.
Ms Brough was born in Staffordshire, England, and spent her childhood there before coming to Ireland with her family around six years before she was murdered.