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Granny killer Greene launches appeal against his conviction

  • Patricia O'Connor's remains were scattered in mountains

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Killer Kieran Greene was sentenced to life for murder

Killer Kieran Greene was sentenced to life for murder

Killer Kieran Greene was sentenced to life for murder

A 35-year-old man sentenced to life in prison for murdering grandmother Patricia O'Connor, whose dismembered remains were found at nine locations in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains, has lodged an appeal against his conviction.

Kieran Greene was sentenced to life on June 22 for murdering Ms O'Connor (61) after being found guilty by a Central Criminal Court jury of inflicting "catastrophic injuries" on the retired hospital worker in an attack in the bathroom of her Rathfarnham home.

The jury accepted the prosecution's case that father-of-three Greene bludgeoned Ms O'Connor to death with a hurley and that his claim of self-defence "did not hold any water".

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They rejected Greene's claim that Ms O'Connor's husband, Augustine, had killed her with a crowbar and he, Greene, had taken the blame.

Greene had 28 days following sentencing in which to submit his appeal.

The Court of Appeal will also hear an appeal by Keith Johnston against his conviction and sentence.

It is understood that the three other defendants, Louise O'Connor (41), Stephanie O'Connor (22) and Augustine O'Connor (76), have not lodged appeals.

Johnston (43) was found guilty last February of impeding the apprehension or prosecution of Greene, knowing or believing him to have murdered Ms O'Connor on May 29, 2017.

The handyman was sentenced to three years by trial judge Mr Justice Paul McDermott last June.

Johnston, with a last address at Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght, was found guilty of helping Greene to buy various implements at Woodie's, Mr Price, B&Q and Shoe Zone, Tallaght, on June 9, 2017, to be used in the concealment of the remains.

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Murdered gran Patricia O’Connor

Murdered gran Patricia O’Connor

Murdered gran Patricia O’Connor

Johnston is the ex-partner of the dead woman's daughter, Louise, and father to two of her five children, including Stephanie.

Louise O'Connor, Stephanie O'Connor and Johnston were found guilty last February of impeding the apprehension or prosecution of Greene, knowing or believing him to have murdered Ms O'Connor.

Augustine O'Connor was originally part of the trial, but shortly before it began in January he pleaded guilty to reporting his wife as a missing person to gardaí on June 1, 2017, knowing she was already dead. He was sentenced to 18 months.

The judge jailed Stephanie O'Connor for one-and-a-half years and Louise O'Connor to two-and-a-half years.

Mother-of-five Louise, with a last address at Millmount Court, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14, was found guilty of agreeing to or acquiescing in Stephanie disguising herself as Patricia at Mountain View Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, on May 29, 2017, in order to conceal the fact Patricia was dead.

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Her daughter Louise

Her daughter Louise

Her daughter Louise

Stephanie, also with a last address at Millmount Court, was found guilty of disguising herself as Patricia at a point in time after her murder in order to conceal the fact she was dead.

The seven-week trial heard Ms O'Connor's body was dismembered in 15 parts that were found at nine locations over a 30km range in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains between June 10 and 14, 2017.

Former deputy state pathologist Dr Michael Curtis gave evidence in the trial that Ms O'Connor's head was hit a minimum of three blows and the cause of death was blunt force trauma.

Greene had pleaded not guilty to murdering the gardening enthusiast.