State on notice for Guerin murder appeal

Lawyers for the State have been told to prepare a “substantive response” in the lead-up to Brian Meehan’s bid to have his conviction for the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin declared a miscarriage of justice.

State on notice for Guerin murder appeal

Meehan, 47, from Crumlin in Dublin, is serving a life term in Portlaoise prison, having being convicted in July 1999 of the murder of Ms Guerin in June 1996 following a 31-day-trial before the non-jury Special Criminal Court. He was also jailed on drugs and firearms charges.

Meehan has applied to quash his 1999 murder conviction on the basis of new evidence. The new evidence concerns matters which emerged in the course the 2001 Special Criminal Court trial of John Gilligan.

Counsel for the DPP, Tom O’Connell, told the Court of Appeal yesterday that he had only received a transcript of the Meehan trial on Friday. He said it had to be retrieved “from the bowels of the Four Courts”.

Mr O’Connell said there was “endless cross-reference to the case of John Gilligan” in Meehan’s submissions and although he did not concede the relevance of the Gilligan trial to Meehan’s appear, counsel said he needed a transcript of that case also.

President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice Seán Ryan said a fair amount of Mr Meehan’s case was that a Mr Warren is allegedly “not to be trusted” because another court had described him in trenchant terms. He put the matter in for mention on June 19.

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