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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Wife killer Brian Kearney refused permission to appeal murder conviction

Brian Kearney. Photo: Courtpix
Brian Kearney. Photo: Courtpix
Siobhan Kearney
The house at Knocknashee, Goatstown wher Siobhan Kearney was murdered. The house on right was built by Siobhan and her husband Brian on the grounds adjoining their home. Photo: Tom Burke

WIFE killer Brian Kearney has been refused permission to take a final appeal against his conviction to the Supreme Court.

Kearney (54) was found guilty of the murder of his wife Siobhan at their Goatstown, Dublin home in February 2006.

The electrical contractor, who is four years into a life sentence for the crime, was not in court for the ruling.

The Court of Criminal Appeal today refused him permission to bring a point of law to the Supreme Court and dismissed his case on the basis that the matter was not of exceptional public importance.

He was jailed in 2008 after a jury accepted prosecution evidence that he strangled his wife to death before attempting to make it look like a suicide.

Mother-of-one Siobhan was killed in the bedroom of the family home at Knocknashee, Goatstown on February 28, 2006, while her young son played downstairs.

A flex was used to strangle her and put over a door to make it look like she hanged herself.

But gardai were able to prove that the scene was staged.

The prosecution alleged he killed Siobhan because she was planning to leave him, something that would have placed him under severe financial pressure.

Although the couple appeared well off and ran a small hotel in Spain, prosecution lawyers argued they were financially stretched.

A previous appeal by Kearney was dismissed by the Court of Criminal Appeal in 2009.

But his legal team has argued that he should be able to appeal to the Supreme Court.

They had argued that the admission of evidence relating to a passport, a diary and a sum of money discovered in the hot press of the Kearney home was prejudicial to their client.

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