Garda killer caged for stabbing estranged wife 13 times

Pearse McAuley and Pauline Tully
Pearse McAuley and Pauline Tully

A republican thug who viciously stabbed his estranged wife 13-times has been handed a 12-year-sentence, with four suspended.

50-year-old Pearse McAuley, who was one of four IRA men who pleaded guilty to the 1996 manslaughter of Detective Garda Gerry McCabe, will be released, with remission, in just five years’ time.

McCauley pleaded guilty to falsely imprisoning his estranged wife, former Sinn Fein Councillor Pauline Tully and with intentionally/recklessly causing serious harm to her on the same occasion.

He also pleaded guilty to threatening to kill her brother Tommy during the same incident.

Along with his earlier sentence McCauley was given a three year concurrent sentence for possession of a knife, six years for false imprisonment of Ms Tully and four years for a threat to kill Ms Tully’s brother.

Judge John Aylmer said the horror of the attack on Ms Tully had been ‘courageously’ set out by her in her victim impact statement to the court last week.