Man who dumped woman's body loses sentence appeal

A Polish man has today lost an appeal against his 7½-year jail sentence for disposing of the body of Rebecca French, who was beaten to death in Wexford.

A Polish man has today lost an appeal against his 7½-year jail sentence for disposing of the body of Rebecca French, who was beaten to death in Wexford.

The mother-of-two was found dead in the boot of her burning car on October 9, 2009, on the outskirts of Wexford town.

A second man's appeal has been deferred after it emerged that he dismissed his legal representation.

In the court's ruling today, Mr Justice John Murray described this as "a very grave crime indeed". He said Rebecca French's body was disposed of "in a manner not befitting an animal".

The mother-of-two's body was found burning in the boot of her car.

No-one stands convicted of her murder. The state believes she was beaten to death at a house in the Ard Na Dara estate in Clonard.

Piotr Pasiak, of Lower John Street in Wexford, is one of four men convicted of impeding the investigation by dumping her body.

His lawyers today appealed the severity of his 7½-year jail term, arguing that the view taken by the sentencing judge was coloured by the circumstances in which the body was disposed.

They lost the case however, as the three-judge court has found this was an offence that required a serious custodial sentence.

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