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Saturday 19 January 2019

Killer, his wife, parents and ex split home cash

SUED: Family fights over proceeds from lovenest cottage

A CONVICTED murderer and drugs dealer, his parents, wife and also his former lover have agreed in court to split up the proceeds of a cottage they all claimed an interest in.

Brian Kenny, a 41-year-old former milkman, is currently serving a life sentence for the "cold, calculated and premeditated slaying" in April 2004 of 25-year-old father-of-one Jonathan O'Reilly, of St Mark's Gardens, Clondalkin, Dublin.

Kenny was sued by his former live-in lover Rita Harling in the Circuit Civil Court for a financial cut of Mitchelstown Cottage, Kilshane Cross, Finglas, Dublin -- the lovenest they shared until February 2002.

Barrister Paul O'Reilly told the court Kenny was also being sued by Amanda Joyce, the woman he (Kenny) had married after the 2002 break-up with Harling.

In turn, the convicted killer was sued for a financial interest in the property by his parents William and Anne Kenny, who claimed they had for years met the mortgage repayments while their son was unable to do so.

Sunniva McDonagh, counsel for Kenny, said he had bought Mitchelstown Cottage, Kilshane Cross, Finglas, where he had lived with Ms Harling until they split up in February 2002.

Married

She said Mr Kenny had subsequently married Ms Joyce, who was also making a financial interest claim against the property on the basis that it was the family home she had shared with Kenny.

The court was not given specific details on the payout but it was learned afterwards that a fire had taken place at a period when the house had been vacant and vandalised.

Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery, was told following negotiations, that the matter had been settled. It was agreed Kenny would have a 40pc interest with 20pc shares each being granted to Ms Harling, Ms Joyce and Mr and Mrs Kenny.

Brian Kenny was jailed for life with Thomas Hinchon (25) for the murder of Jonathan O'Reilly as he sat in a BMW car outside Cloverhill Prison on April 17, 2004.

The Central Criminal Court heard a motorcycle with two men had drawn up alongside the car and a number of shots had been fired through the glass, hitting Mr O'Reilly.

In July 1999, Kenny admitted possessing heroin a year earlier with intent to supply.

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