'Maime' killer has application to Supreme Court turned down

The man jailed for the murder of Co Waterford mother of two Mary “Mamie” Walsh has failed in his bid to have his conviction referred to the Supreme Court.

Today the Court of Criminal Appeal comprising of Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman presiding, sitting with Mr Justice Eamonn DeValera and Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy dismissed Jennings application to bring a Section 29 application - a point of law of exceptional public importance - to the Supreme Court.

Jennings originally from Aberdeen in Scotland but with an address at Ashtown, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford, was convicted at the Central Criminal Court in November 2006 of the murder of Ms Walsh, Kilrossany, Co Waterford, in 2004.

Jennings, who denied murdering Ms Walsh, was given the mandatory life sentence by Mr Justice Barry White.

Last July the CCA dismissed Jennings' appeal against his conviction for murdering the 54-year-old Co Waterford woman.

However in his judgment Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman said that the CCA held the "clear view" that no point of exceptional public importance was raised in the application.

During Jennings trial the court heard that Mrs Walsh's body was found in the boot of her car on August 31st, 2004.

She died from severe head injuries and was found covered in a bloodstained sheet with a rope loosely tied around her neck.

Mrs Walsh was a loan company agent who was murdered for money he was due to lodge in the bank.

Jennings was due to meet Ms Walsh on August 30th, 2004. He was in financial difficulties but after this date Jennings saw a significant improvement in his financial condition.

Jennings had spent a brief time working for the same firm as Mrs Walsh and he was also a client. Ms Walsh had given him training for the job.

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