Friday 19 January 2018

Wife killer makes last-ditch appeal

Louise Hogan

KILLER Brian Kearney will return to the courts tomorrow to appeal his conviction for the murder of his hotelier wife more than four years ago.

In 2008, the 51-year-old electrical contractor was handed down a mandatory life sentence after he was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court of murdering Siobhan Kearney (38), the mother of their child.

His legal team will make a last-ditch attempt to have his conviction overturned tomorrow.

The mother of one was found strangled in their home in Knocknashee, Goatstown, Co Dublin, on February 28, 2006.

During the trial, the prosecution argued that her plans to leave him had not fitted in with his financial plans. He then used the vacuum cleaner flex to strangle her. The defence maintained she had committed suicide.

Last July, the Court of Criminal Appeal rejected Kearney's bid to have his conviction overturned.

Kearney's legal team are attempting to bring his latest challenge against his conviction before the Supreme Court. His lawyers will have to successfully argue that the Supreme Court should be allowed to consider it because a specific point of law has arisen that is of public interest.

Tomorrow's hearing at the Court of Criminal Appeal will determine if a certificate will be issued to allow him to make a final appeal before the Supreme Court.

Irish Independent

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