A MAN has pleaded guilty to the murder of two women and two children in Newcastle West in 2010.
John Geary, 33, of Meadow Court, Newcastle West pleaded guilty this Monday at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin to the murder of his ex-partner Sarah Hines, 25, their five-month-old baby daughter Amy, her three-year-old brother Reece and 20-year-old Alicia Brough at a house in Hazelgrove, Newcastle West on November 15, 2010.
All four were found stabbed to death in the home, and Geary was arrested and charged with their murders the following day.
Geary, who was wearing a blue shirt and blue denim jeans and was clean shaven on his appearance this Monday morning, replied guilty when each of the four charges were read out in court.
Mr Justice Paul Carney adjourned sentencing until Monday, July 8. Members of Sarah Hinesâ€™ family were emotional and comforted each other outside the court after the plea was entered.
Gearyâ€™s case has appeared before Newcastle West Court on a number of occasions since he was first charged in November 2010.
He was held in custody for a time at the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum following his arrest.