Limerick cousins found guilty of double murder

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A JURY at the Central Criminal Court has found two cousins guilty of murdering Des Kelly and Breda Waters in Southill last year.

A JURY at the Central Criminal Court has found two cousins guilty of murdering Des Kelly and Breda Waters in Southill last year.

Thomas Stewart, aged 29, of The Cedars, Briarfield, Castletroy and Patrick O’Brien, aged 33, of Glanntan, Golf Links Road, Castletroy had pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Kelly, 23, and Ms Waters, 28, at Mr Kelly’s home in O’Malley Park on January 9, 2011.

It was the prosecution case throughout the 13-day trial that both men had committed the murders shortly before 9am on the day of the fatal shootings in what was a case of “common Enterprise”.

The jury of six men and six women retired to consider its verdict shortly before midday today and returned with a unanimous verdict just over an hour later.

Stewart and O’Brien now face a mandatory life sentence.

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