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Garda killer pleads guilty to attacking ex-wife with knife

Pearse McAuley and Pauline Tully
Pearse McAuley and Pauline Tully

One of the IRA men convicted of the killing of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe is facing another stretch inside after pleading guilty to producing a knife during a dispute with his ex-wife.

Pearse McAuley (50) who is originally from Strabane, but with an address at Ballyconnell, County Cavan also 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.

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

McAuley, dressed in a grey suit spoke only to answer guilty to each of the charges.

His defence Counsel Mr Eanna Mulloy SC told the court McAuley has been in custody in Castlerea prison since the incident.

Judge O’Hagan remanded him in custody to Castlerea prison once again to appear again at Cavan Circuit Court on November 24th next when he will be sentenced.

The judge also ordered the preparation of a victim impact report on Ms Tully and a probation and welfare report on McCauley.

Mr McAuley was one of four IRA men who pleaded guilty to the 1996 manslaughter of Detective Garda Gerry McCabe.

He was collected from prison by Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris in 2009, having served just 10 years of his sentence.

At the time of his release from Castlerea Prison, Mr McAuley was wanted in Britain but the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue him. He had been awaiting trial on conspiracy to murder and explosives charges when he escaped during the audacious jail-break from Brixton Prison in July 1991.