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Man guilty of wife's manslaughter
27 Feb 2015 22:10
A Cavan man has been found not guilty of murdering his wife at their home in Bailieborough a year-and-a-half ago, but guilty of her manslaughter.
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Oliver Kierans, 57, of Drumbannon, Bailieborough had denied murdering Patricia Kierans, who was 54, on 5 September 2013 at the same address.
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He has also been found guilty of unlawful possession of a 12 gauge double barrel shotgun and possession of the same shotgun with intent to endanger life.
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Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly will sentence him in four weeks' time.
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The jury of five women and seven men deliberated for 15 hours over three days.
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It was the State's case that in June 2013, Mrs Kierans had moved out of the family home to live with her sister and that she had started a relationship with another individual.
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The Central Criminal Court heard that this did not sit well with the accused, who had recently begun drinking again after abstaining for the summer.
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The court heard that on 5 September 2013, Mr and Mrs Kierans had gone to the family home together.
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The accused told gardaí in interviews that he brought his wife to a second floor bedroom to show her he was going to "do away" with himself.
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The court heard that Mrs Kierans was shot with a shotgun at quite close range, sustaining a serious chest wound and later died.
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The Court also heard that afterwards Kierans went to The Square bar in Bailieborough, where a "siege" took place and he was found by gardaí with a sawn-off shot gun.
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Throughout the two-and-a-half week trial, the jury were shown CCTV footage in which a man identified as Kierans is seen pointing a double barrel shotgun at a man identified as local Garda Tommy Fay.
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State Pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy gave evidence that the cause of death for Mrs Kierans was a shotgun injury to the chest and that the injuries were of such severity that death would have been almost immediate.
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