Friday 6 December 2019

Sister is jailed for four years for 'staging' scene of murder

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Alison O'Riordan

A Sligo woman has been sentenced to four years in prison for staging the suicide of a talented musician in order to impede the prosecution of her brother, who was last week jailed for life for murder.

The court heard that Janice Brady (29) had "goofed off" - smoked heroin - with her brother while the body of Martin 'Matt' Kivlehan (60) lay on the floor of his own home.

Sentencing Janice Brady at the Central Criminal Court yesterday, Mr Justice Michael White noted the defendant had already served 28 months in custody and, taking this into account, had only a short portion of the sentence left to serve.

The judge said he would consider suspending the balance of the sentence, but needed "stronger reassurance" as to a permanent address that the defendant could reside at.

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"Before I consider suspending the balance I have to know she has a place to live and some degree of supervision," he said, adding that he needed an urgent update of a probation report.

Brady was previously released on bail, despite objections from the Director of Public Prosecutions, after pleading guilty to the offence in November 2017.

A warrant was issued for her arrest in March of this year after she breached her bail conditions by testing positive for drugs. The High Court heard at the time that gardaí had "no idea where she is".

Mr Justice White yesterday said Brady, who has a very serious drug addiction, had assisted her brother by falsifying the scene of the crime to give a "haphazard impression" as to how the offence occurred.

The court heard she had placed the deceased's hand on a knife to make his death look "staged" or "like something else".

Brady, with a last address at Maryville Hostel, Finisklin, Sligo, pleaded guilty two years ago to impeding the apprehension or prosecution of her brother between August 2 and August 3, 2015, at an address in Sligo, knowing or believing that he was guilty of a killing.

Last week, her brother, Keith Brady (32), of Cartron Estate, Sligo, was found guilty of murder after he stabbed Mr Kivlehan to death.

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