Husband of strangled hotelier released to await trial

THE husband of strangled hotelier Siobhán Kearney has been released from custody to wait at home for trial for his wife’s murder.

Brian Kearney, 50, was ordered to surrender his passport and sign on daily at his local Garda station as part of the conditions of his release. The restrictions mean he will be unable to travel to the hotel he and his late wife ran on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Kearney was arrested last week and charged with the murder of Siobhán, 38, at their Dublin home at Knocknashee, Goatstown, where they spent the winter months while the hotel in Spain was closed.

Ms Kearney, the mother of a four-year-old boy, was found dead at the house by a family member on February 28 last year. She had been strangled with the flex of a vacuum cleaner and left in a closed room.

A court in Dún Laoghaire heard last week that her husband had told arresting gardaí that he was “not guilty” when the murder charge was read out to him. He was remanded in custody for a week but successfully applied to the High Court on Tuesday afternoon to be released.

He was granted bail on his own bond of €100 and an independent surety of €55,000 which was provided by his brother, Patrick Kearney. He was also ordered not to reside at Knocknashee, Goatstown, to sign on daily at Dundrum Garda Station and not to let funds in his bank account dip below €55,000.

At a brief appearance at Cloverhill Court in Dublin yesterday, Judge William Early further remanded him on bail to appear before Dún Laoghaire District Court on June 22. The court heard that the Book of Evidence would be ready on that date. Once the Book of Evidence is served, the case can then be transferred to the Central Criminal Court to await a trial date.

The accused was not required to speak during the proceedings. He was joined in court by a male companion and both men left in separate vehicles.

Ms Kearney, nee McLaughlin, had trained as a chef before setting up the Hotel Salvia, a boutique residence in the resort of Soller in Mallorca.

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