Clare man found guilty of murder to appeal conviction

Colm Deely
Colm Deely

A Co Clare man is set to appeal his conviction for the murder of a 43-year-old woman in March 2011, the Court of Appeal heard today.

In March 2011, the body of Deirdre McCarthy (43) was found on Fanore beach four days after she went missing. 

Over two years later, in June, 2013, at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin, Colm Deely (43), of School Road in Ballyvaughan, was found guilty of murdering Ms McCarthy between 11pm on March 27, 2011, and noon the following day.

Deely had denied the charge.

During the trial, the court heard that after Ms McCarthy's body was found, Deely had attempted to take his own life by stabbing himself in the stomach and was hospitalised.

Deely told gardai they were "fooling around" in Ms McCarthy's bed and he put his hands around her neck but did not mean to kill her.

He claimed Ms McCarthy started laughing at him, that she was blackmailing him for money saying that she would tell Deely's wife and children.

The jury heard that Ms McCarthy worked in a B&B in Ballyvaughan and was a mutual friend of Deely's and had known him for up to 20 years.

She was also a friend of Deely's wife and was a witness at their wedding, the court heard.

Mr Justice Barry White jailed Deely for life.

The appeal hearing is listed for June 16.

Daniel Hickey