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KILLER: Brendan O’Donnell is led away from court after receiving further life sentences for kidnapping and arms offences, to add to his murder convictions

KILLER: Brendan O’Donnell is led away from court after receiving further life sentences for kidnapping and arms offences, to add to his murder convictions

KILLER: Brendan O’Donnell is led away from court after receiving further life sentences for kidnapping and arms offences, to add to his murder convictions

The trial of Brendan O'Donnell opened in the Central Criminal Court on January 16, 1996, before Judge Vivian Lavan, and would become the longest criminal trial in the history of the State up to that day, lasting 53 days.

Dressed in a green anorak, blue shirt and tie, and denim jeans, O'Donnell pleaded not guilty to 12 various counts - including murder, kidnapping and possession of a stolen rifle.

"You will be satisfied that they were ritually slain," prosecutor Kevin Haugh SC said of O'Donnell's victims, "and the applicable verdict is murder".