Wednesday 19 December 2018

Mother's outrage as 'monster' set for parole review just seven years after four murders

  • 'I was pulling my hair out, I couldn't believe it' - Mum Abina Ring
  • Abina's daughter, two grandchildren and her daughter's friend were killed by John Geary
  • Sarah Hines (25), Amy (five months), Reece (3) and Alicia Brough (20) stabbed to death
  • Geary committed murders 'because Sarah had left him', court heard
  • Person serving life in prison can be reviewed for temporary or early release after serving seven years of sentence
Abina Ring with photos of (left to right) Reece, Sarah and Amy. Photo: Limerick Voice
Abina Ring with photos of (left to right) Reece, Sarah and Amy. Photo: Limerick Voice

Ryan O'Rourke

A woman whose daughter and grandchildren were murdered has expressed her outrage at learning the "monster" responsible for their deaths is to have his first parole board review.

John Geary (42), of Meadow Court, Newcastle West, Co Limerick, stabbed his former partner Sarah Hines (25) and their five-month-old daughter Amy to death because she had left him.

He also murdered Amy's three-year-old brother Reece and 20-year-old Alicia Brough at a house in Hazelgrove, Newcastle West, on November 15, 2010.

Geary pleaded guilty to the four murders and was sentenced to life.

Ms Hines's mother Abina Ring said that she received a letter notifying her that Geary was set to have his first parole board review in the near future and said she was in a state of disbelief.

"I didn't think he would be entitled to parole for at least 14 years, that's what I got told," she said.

John Geary pleaded guilty to four savage murders in 2010. Photo: Press 22
John Geary pleaded guilty to four savage murders in 2010. Photo: Press 22

"I was pulling my hair out, I couldn't believe it, couldn't believe that they would even think about it.

"It was like dragging it out and going over it all again, just as I was starting to get my head together," added Ms Ring, who suffered a heart attack soon after finding out the gruesome details of the murder, in which he had stabbed his victims multiple times.

Three-year-old Reece, pictured as a baby. Photo: Press 22
Three-year-old Reece, pictured as a baby. Photo: Press 22

A person serving life in prison can be reviewed for temporary or early release after serving seven years of their sentence.

Ms Ring plans to start a petition in order to keep Geary behind bars, as well as bringing about stricter sentencing for future cases.

Mum Sarah Hines was brutally killed by her ex-partner John Geary who then turned on his five-month-old daughter Amy. Photo: Press 22
Mum Sarah Hines was brutally killed by her ex-partner John Geary who then turned on his five-month-old daughter Amy. Photo: Press 22

"Till the day I die, I'm going to fight to make sure a monster like that never gets out of prison and does to another family what he did to mine," said Ms Ring.

Alicia Brough, a friend of Sarah Hines
Alicia Brough, a friend of Sarah Hines

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