Cousins move to appeal against convictions for double murder in 2011

Counsel submits the purported identification of client’s voice should not have been admissible


Two cousins have moved to appeal against their convictions for a double murder in Limerick four years ago.

Patrick O’Brien (35), of Glanntan, Golf Links Road in Castletroy, and Thomas Stewart (31), of The Cedar, Briarfield, Castletroy, had pleaded not guilty to the double murder of Desmond Kelly and Breda Waters at O’Malley Park, Limerick on January 9th, 2011.

Both men were found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court and given the mandatory life sentence.

It was the prosecution’s case that the cousins entered the house while Mr Kelly’s sister was asleep upstairs with his five-month-old child.

In the Court of Appeal, counsel for O’Brien, Seán Gillane SC, submitted the purported identification of his client’s voice should not have been admissible.

Mr Justice Seán Ryan said the court would reserve judgment to a date “as soon as possible”.