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Jailed killer Kearney set to stay in jail and miss mother's funeral

CONVICTED killer Brian Kearney wants to be let out of prison to attend part of his mother's funeral.

Kearney (53) is understood to have asked the prison governor for permission to go to the funeral of Mrs Maeve Kearney, who died at her home in Goatstown, Dublin, on Saturday.

However, he is unlikely to be freed to attend the funeral tomorrow from the Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum or to the burial in Shanganagh Cemetery. Sources said the best he could hope for is some private time with his mother's remains.

Brian Kearney is just two years into his sentence for the murder of his wife Siobhan, at their home at Carnroe, Knocknashee, Goatstown, in February, 2006.

He was jailed for life by the Central Criminal Court two years ago for strangling Siobhan to death and staging the scene to look like a suicide.

An appeal by the former businessman against his murder conviction was dismissed by the Court of Criminal Appeal last year.

Last week, the CCA reserved judgment on an attempt by Brian Kearney to have his case heard by the country's highest court, the Supreme Court.

Lawyers for Kearney had argued that his appeal raised "a point of exceptional public importance" which required Supreme Court determination.

The body of Siobhan Kearney, a mother of one, was discovered on February 28, 2006, in the bedroom of the home she shared with her husband

Brian Kearney's trial heard in 2008 that there was no sign of forced entry and that their then three-year-old son was found wandering around the house.

The prosecution claimed that Brian Kearney strangled his 38-year-old wife with a vacuum cleaner flex and then tried to make it look like suicide by pulling the flex over the door of an en-suite bathroom.



Pressure

The motive, they said, was that Siobhan Kearney's plans to leave her husband would add to his financial pressures.

The Court of Criminal Appeal is expected to give its decision in the autumn.

At his murder trial, Brian Kearney was convicted by a majority and handed the mandatory life sentence by Mr Justice Barry White .

Siobhan Kearney's body was found by her father after he had to force her locked bedroom door in, on the morning of the 28th of February 2006.

A post mortem examination revealed she died as a result of ligature strangulation, but suffered injuries that were more consistent with manual strangulation.

mlavery@herald.ie


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