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Wife-killer Kearney makes last bid for freedom

WIFE-killer Brian Kearney is to make a last-ditch attempt to have his conviction for murder overturned.

Kearney (53), who is serving life for murdering his wife Siobhan at their south Dublin home, is to attempt to take his case to the Supreme Court.

This follows the rejections of a legal challenge to his conviction by the Court of Criminal Appeal last year.

Kearney, from Knocknashee, Goatstown, is to bring his case before the appeal court next week.

The Court of Criminal Appeal's decision is final unless an applicant can satisfy the court that the decision involves a point of law of "exceptional public importance".

Where a judge decides it is in the public interest, an appeal may be brought to the Supreme Court.

Kearney's application will be before Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan on Wednesday, July 21. He was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court in March 2008 of murdering Siobhan, the mother of their young son, at their home on February 28, 2006, and was given a life sentence.





Strangled

During the trial, the prosecution argued that Ms Kearney (38) was planning to separate from her husband and to move into a new home the couple had built, but this did not fit into Kearney's plans.

He had strangled her with a vacuum cleaner flex before attempting to make her death look like a suicide.

The Court of Criminal Appeal dismissed Kearney's appeal in July last year.

He had challenged his conviction on a number of grounds, including that the jury should not have heard that his wife concealed a diary from him in their hot press along with her passport.

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