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Community service for woman who posted online about murder trial

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A Cavan woman has been given 115 hours community service for contempt of court. Community service for woman who posted online about murder trial

Catriona Murray (36) with an address at Waterfern Avenue, Rocklands, Drumalee County Cavan was charged with contempt after posting information online about the victim in a murder trial in which she was testifying as the trial was ongoing.

Miss Murray apologised to the court and admitted putting up a post.

Miss Murray, who was a witness in the murder trial of her uncle, Oliver Kierans in February of this year, posted information about her aunt and the defendant on  Facebook.

Oliver Kierans (57) of Drumbannon Bailieborough in Cavan had pleaded not guilty to murdering Patricia Kierans (54) on September 5th, 2013 at the same address.

He also pleaded not guilty to unlawful possession of a 12-gauge double barrel shotgun and not guilty to possession of the same shotgun with intent to endanger life.

He was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and guilty of the unlawful possession of a 12-gauge double barrel shotgun as well as guilty of  possession with intent to endanger life.

Oliver Kierans was sentenced to 12 years in prison today at the Central Criminal Court.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly imposed 115 hours of community service on Catriona Murray to be completed over the next six months.