Tuesday 16 October 2018

Mother of Dean Lyons is 'sick' over report findings

Edel Kennedy

THE mother of Dean Lyons says she "feels sick" after a report found that doubts by certain gardai over her son's murder confession were not acted upon.

Sheila Lyons has accused gardai investigating his alleged involvement in the brutal Grangegorman murders of "brushing it (the truth) under the carpet".

"I hope someone will be able to explain to me how Dean learned all he knew about the murders before he confessed to them. Somebody had to have told him that information before he confessed."

An inquiry by senior counsel George Bermingham found that Det Garda Dominic Cox expressed reservations to senior officers about Dean Lyon's confession and described him as a 'Walter Mitty' character in July 1997.

However, Mr Bermingham found senior gardai failed to act upon the reservations and did not voice their feelings to the DPP that Dean was a 'Walter Mitty' character and he was charged with the 1997 murders of Sylvia Shields (59) and Mary Callinan (61).

The attack was so sudden and violent that the women did not put up a fight and their bodies were mutilated. State Pathologist Dr John Harbison said he had never seen anything like it during his career.

The report found that five senior gardai ignored concerns over Dean's confession but did not inform the DPP of the concerns.

Convicted killer Mark Nash later confessed to his then girlfriend, Sarah Jane Doyle, that he had murdered the two women.

Nash had knowledge of the crime scene only the murderer could have known. He admitted he was the Grangegorman killer but he was never charged.

But investigating gardai continued to refuse to accept they had made a mistake. This led to delays in releasing Lyons from custody. He died from a heroin overdose in 2000.

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