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Jail term is increased for Garda killer

By Ruaidhri Giblin

Published 08/11/2016

Garda killer Pearse McAuley has had his jail sentence increased for stabbing his wife with a steak knife in front of their two children
Garda killer Pearse McAuley has had his jail sentence increased for stabbing his wife with a steak knife in front of their two children

Garda killer Pearse McAuley has had his jail sentence increased for stabbing his wife with a steak knife in front of their two children.

The jail term was increased by two years after it was found to be too lenient. Strabane man McAuley (50), now with an address in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, had pleaded guilty to seriously assaulting and falsely imprisoning his estranged wife Pauline Tully on Christmas Eve, 2014.

He was sentenced last December to 12 years imprisonment with the final four suspended. But the Irish Court of Appeal yesterday found the former IRA killer's eight year jail term to be "unduly lenient" and re-sentenced him to 12 years in jail with only the final two suspended.

McAuley had previously served 10 years for his part in the killing of Detective Jerry McCabe in Limerick in 1996.

Mr Justice Sean Ryan, said the headline sentence of 12 years seemed "modest" in view of the "quite horrifying circumstances of his case".

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