Deely gets life for strangling woman in Co Clare
FAS worker had pleaded not guilty to murder of Deirdre McCarthy
“They say time is a great healer but we would not agree with this. The only thing time has done for our family is to make this tragic loss of Dee more real.
Ms McCarthy worked in a B&B in Ballyvaughan and was a mutual friend of Deely’s and had known him for up to 20 years.
She was also a friend of Deely’s wife and was a witness at their wedding, the court heard.
Witnesses at the trial said they were not aware Deely and Ms McCarthy were romantically involved.
The accused’s sister Catriona Lucas told Mr Paul Greene SC prosecuting that her brother rang her from a house he was watching for somebody else the day after the body was found.
She said Deely told her that he had said goodnight to his children and that this made her a little uneasy because he repeated that he had done so.
Deely told gardai in an interview that he went to Ms McCarthy’s house where he said he was drinking a lot of vodka and the pair were lying on the bed.
“We were kissing and cuddling, I can’t remember if we had sex”, he said.
“She said you can forget about your money…she was laughing at me,” Mr Deely told gardai.
“I must have rolled over and was holding her by the neck…it all happened in a flash,” he said.
When asked in the interview if putting his hands around her neck caused her death he said: “I’d say so but I did not mean it.”
“I was just lying on the bed…I put my hand on her neck and hurt her,” he added.
“I panicked…I did not know what to do”, he said.
He said he removed her from the house by “half lifting and half dragging her” and when he put her in the car she was not breathing nor answering him.
“I stopped the car…I put her over the wall…she rolled down to the sea…Jesus, I didn’t mean any of it,” he said.
“I lifted her out and put her over the wall…I could hear her rolling down to the sea”, he added.
“I meant none of it to happen…something went out of control,” he said.
Mr Giblin had raised the defences of provocation and of lack of intent during the trial.
The prosecution said there was no evidence to say that Deely has a propensity to lose self-control, which is necessary for a defence of provocation.
Assistant State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar gave evidence that the cause of death was asphyxia due to manual strangulation and that blunt force trauma to the head, trunk and extremities was a contributing factor to the death.
Another pathologist, professor Jack Crane giving evidence for the defence, told the court that bruising found on the body did not indicate Ms McCarthy was assaulted before she died.