Angry scenes in court as man who murdered woman and their baby daughter jailed

Angry scenes in court as man who murdered woman and their baby daughter jailed

A Limerick man has been jailed for life for murdering four people including his ex-partner and their five-month-old baby daughter in attacks of exceptional violence.

"You dirty scab!" was shouted at John Geary as he was led away from the Central Criminal Court by prison officers.

The 34-year-old, of Meadow Court, Newcastle West, stabbed Sarah Hines, his daughter Amy, her three-year-old brother Reece and 20-year-old Alicia Brough at a house in Newcastle West on November 15, 2010.

The court has heard as many as five weapons were used, including two knives and a screwdriver.

Gardaí believe the gruesome murders were motivated by jealousy as Hines had ended the relationship with Geary and begun a new relationship.

When Ms Brough and Sarah’s son Reece arrived back at the house from a trip to the butchers, he murdered them with a knife and screwdriver.

The victims families have called it an "evil cowardly crime".

Geary said that he is very, very sorry in a letter that was read out to the court just before Mr Justice Paul Carney jailed him for life.

The victims' families say their lives have been destroyed.

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