Sunday 21 January 2018

Wife-killer Kearney to miss mother's funeral today

Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

WIFE-killer Brian Kearney is set to miss his mother's funeral today after failing to apply for temporary release from jail.

The electrical contractor, who is two years into a life sentence for the murder of his wife Siobhan, could have sought escorted temporary release on compassionate grounds.

However, the Irish Independent has learned Kearney made no such application, despite being told of his mother's death.

Mother-of-five Maeve Kearney died peacefully at her family home in Goatstown, Dublin, on Saturday.

She is due to be buried today at Shanganagh Cemetery after a requiem Mass at the Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum.

Kearney (53) was expected to apply to the governor of Wheatfield Prison to be allowed out of jail to pay his respects.

Such releases usually involve the inmate being accompanied by prison officers. But prison insiders revealed last night that Kearney didn't attempt to get out for his mother's funeral.

"He hasn't applied for temporary release. In any event, it would have been doubtful he'd have got it as he is not long into a life sentence," said an informed source.

Kearney's mother's death comes just days after he was told he will have to wait several months before learning whether he can take a final appeal against his conviction.

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 last year.

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

They argue 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.

A decision on the application is not expected before October.

Irish Independent

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