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Rachel's mum Rose 'appalled' as killer Joe gets jail degree

The mother of murder victim Rachel O'Reilly said she was "very saddened" that her murderer has received another Christmas visit behind bars from his one-time lover Nikki Pelley.

Rose Callaly said she was "appalled" that wife killer Joe O'Reilly can make plans for his future as he continues receiving visits from Ms Pelley.

Ms Pelley was photographed bringing a bagful of Christmas gifts to the criminal at Arbour Hill prison on Saturday.

"I find it so sad to think of where his wife is lying while he has a life to look forward to. It's unbelievable," Mrs Callely said.

"It's very, very sad. Not a day goes by that I don't think about Rachel.

"Christmas is an especially sad time when I think of what was stolen from her," she said.

Ms Pelley (44), a business executive, continues to visit and stand by O'Reilly, who was convicted of battering his wife to death at their home in The Naul in north Dublin in October 2004.

Pelley was having an affair with O'Reilly in the months leading up his attack on Rachel when he bludgeoned her to death in their home.

Pelley has loyally visited O'Reilly since his imprisonment.


Her prison visit on Saturday to Arbour Hill prison in Dublin was her eighth Christmas visit behind bars to O'Reilly.

Mrs Callaly said reports of Ms Pelley's regular visits to O'Reilly continue to cause her sadness. "I'm appalled at the whole set-up after the way Rachel ended up."

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She was dismayed at a report O'Reilly had recently received a degree in philosophy and how he made a speech to fellow inmates at the prison event attended by Ms Pelley.

"It's a pity he didn't think more philosophically before he did what he did to Rachel," said the grieving mother.

During the dramatic trial, O'Reilly denied any involvement in the murder.

O'Reilly has made a second appeal against his conviction on the grounds that it was a miscarriage of justice. The appeal is expected to be heard in March 2015.

Mrs Callely discovered her daughter's blood-soaked body in Rachel's home after a creche worker became suspicious when the murdered mum did not come to pick up her son.


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