I saw the warning signs, says mum of murdered Siobhan
THE devastated mother of murder victim Siobhan Kearney has broken her silence on her daughter's callous killer husband, revealing: "I saw the warning signs."
The south Dublin mum-of-one was strangled with a vacuum cleaner flex by her husband Brian Kearney (54) in March 2008.
Wife killer Kearney yesterday lost his Supreme Court appeal against his conviction and will now serve out a life sentence for the heinous crime.
Siobhan Kearney's mother, Deirdre McLaughlin, has revealed for the first time how she always suspected something was wrong with the man her daughter fell in love with.
"I saw the warning signs. I saw the temper he had. He had a coldness. He was not a guy you could sit and have a conversation with. He was all work, work, work. She was a hard worker too but she was kind, loving, a beautiful person inside and out," she added.
"She brought him home to meet me after a while and I knew there was something wrong. There was an icy coldness in the room when he entered it. He sucked all the warmth, all the laughter out of a room, and I warned Siobhan. But she saw something in him."
The comments are starkly similar to those expressed by Rose Callaly -- whose daughter Rachel was brutally murdered by her husband Joe O'Reilly in October 2004.
Mrs McLaughlin admitted that she will "always be haunted" by her daughter's death -- which will scar her family for "generations to come".
"I can't even say his name. The thought of him, that convicted murderer, sends a shiver down my spine.
"How can we ever forget? She died a brutal, violent death at the hands of a man who was supposed to love her, to look after her.
"I will never forget that. My family for generations to come will never forget that."
Kearney was found guilty of the murder of his wife Siobhan at their Goatstown, Dublin, home in February 2006.
After killing his wife, he tried to hoist her over a door in her bedroom in an attempt to make it look like she had killed herself.
The electrical contractor was not in court when his permission to appeal the conviction was refused.
Mrs McLaughlin said that while the killer can be visited in prison by his family members, her daughter can only be visited at her grave.
"He had some sort of control over her. But he has control over other people too. I will never understand why his family, his friends, supported him through this. How could they shake his hand?"