Man guilty of murdering Limerick woman

David Hurley

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David Hurley

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering Margot Seery whose body was exhumed in Rathkeale last year  Picture Liam Burke/Press 22
A 41-year-old man has pleaded guilty to murdering a woman whose body was exhumed from a graveyard in County Limerick last year.

A 41-year-old man has pleaded guilty to murdering a woman whose body was exhumed from a graveyard in County Limerick last year.

The body of Margot Seery (49), who was originally from Rathkeale, was found in an apartment in Dublin in October 1994 with gardai ruling out foul play at the time.

However, the investigation into her death was reopened last summer after a man walked into a Dublin garda station claiming that he strangled her.

As part of the investigation, led by detectives from the Cold Case Unit in Dublin, Ms Seery’s body was exhumed last September to facilitate a post mortem examination by the deputy state pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis.

A file was then prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions who directed that a man be charged with the murder of Ms Seery.

Howard Kelly, aged 41, of Osprey Apartments, Naas, Co Kildare was arrested in the Kimmage area of West Dublin and was charged with murdering Ms Seery in March.

When arraigned at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin this morning, he pleaded guilty to the charge.

Kelly who was dressed in a grey suit, tie and white shirt, will be sentenced this afternoon.