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Gus who's out Butchered Patricia O'Connor's husband Gus sole owner of €365k murder house after prison release

The pensioner - jailed for reporting his dismembered wife Patricia (61) missing to gardaí when he already knew she was dead - was released from prison earlier this week

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Gus O’Connor.

Gus O’Connor.

Gus O’Connor.

Butchered gran Patricia O'Connor's husband Gus 'has been punished for his lies', the couple's son Richard said this week - as we approached the 77-year-old following his release from prison.

The pensioner - jailed for reporting his dismembered wife Patricia (61) missing to gardaí when he already knew she was dead - was released from prison earlier this week.

And the Sunday World can reveal that Gus will soon be sitting on a €365,000 fortune after the house where Patricia was murdered, of which he is now full owner following her death, went 'sale agreed' earlier this month.

Our reporter approached Gus for comment in Stamullen, Co. Meath, on Tuesday afternoon as he walked his dogs in the company of the couple's son Richard.

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The home Gus possesses.

The home Gus possesses.

The home Gus possesses.

 

Asked if he would finally give his account of the cover-up of the murder of his wife, one of the most gruesome in the history of the State, a clean-shaven Gus responded: "I have nothing to say."

Son Richard, who previously blasted all those involved in the murder of his mother and the subsequent cover-up, added: "They punished him for lying but they didn't ­punish the others for lying.

"But no - he's not going to say anything."

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Gran Patricia O’Connor

Gran Patricia O’Connor

Gran Patricia O’Connor

Gus is the second member of Patricia's family to have been released from prison following her death at the hands of Kieran Greene - the boyfriend of the couple's daughter, Louise.

Greene battered retired hospital cleaner Patricia to death with a child's hurley - in what was described in court as a ­"sustained attack", ­during a row in the bathroom of the family home at 66 Mountainview Park, Rathfarnham, on May 29, 2017.

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He buried the grandmother-of-seven's body in a shallow grave in a cornfield in Co Wexford, but later dug it up, dismembered it with a hacksaw and scattered the remains at nine different locations across the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. After the murder, Louise and her ­daughter Stephanie claimed Patricia had stormed out of the house following an argument.

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Louise and Stephanie, with Keith Johnston, centre.

Louise and Stephanie, with Keith Johnston, centre.

Louise and Stephanie, with Keith Johnston, centre.

 

 

Stephanie dressed up as her dead ­grandmother, leaving the house that night to be captured on a neighbour's CCTV - to bolster this claim.

The plan was "hatched" with her mother Louise, who agreed to it.

Gus O'Connor knew his wife was dead but went to gardaí to falsely report she was missing.

Handyman Keith Johnston, ­Stephanie's father and Louise's former ­boyfriend, went shopping with Greene to help him to select tools that were later used by Greene to dismember the body.

The four co-accused were convicted of impeding Greene's prosecution.

All except Gus denied the charges and were found guilty by a jury in February of last year. Gus O'Connor pleaded guilty before the trial started.

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Son Richard, who had no part in the grisly
crime, with Gus.

Son Richard, who had no part in the grisly crime, with Gus.

Son Richard, who had no part in the grisly crime, with Gus.

 

In June of last year, Kieran Greene was jailed for life for Patricia's murder, daughter Louise (41) received a two-and-a-half-year sentence, granddaughter Stephanie (22) was jailed for 18 months and Louise's ex-boyfriend Keith Johnston (43) was jailed for three years.

Gus, who was sentenced to 18 months, was due to be freed on Tuesday last but had, in reality, been allowed return to his home in late June after he was given temporary release to see out his sentence.

This meant he spent a little over a year in prison for his role in the cover-up.

His release came just weeks after the couple's grand-daughter Stephanie, who served just eight months of her 18-month sentence.

Gardaí believe Patricia's murder was prompted by over-crowding in the home she shared with Gus, her daughter Louise, Louise's partner Kieran Greene and ­Louise's five children.

Passing sentence, Judge Paul McDermott said the charges against Gus, Louise and Stephanie and Johnston were "simply appalling".

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Kieran Greene was convicted of the Patricia O'Connor murder

Kieran Greene was convicted of the Patricia O'Connor murder

Kieran Greene was convicted of the Patricia O'Connor murder

 

He said Patricia, a mother, grandmother and wife, had been murdered in her home and her body was disposed of ­within a very short period.

He emphasised that no effort had been made to obtain Garda assistance nor call the emergency services.

"The efforts to conceal the crime became, in a very short time, quite elaborate and even more elaborate as time went on," he added.

The judge said Patricia's remains were discovered by "unsuspecting members of the public" in "horrific circumstances".

The effect Mrs O'Connor's death had on her immediate family, her son Richard O'Connor and her friends, has been "devastating and heart-breaking", he said.

And he highlighted that she had worked hard all her life for her family and was set to enjoy her retirement. Speaking after Gus, Louise and Stephanie and Keith Johnston were jailed, Patricia's son Richard said: "My Mam was a kind, loving person; a mother, a sister and a grandmother with many years left to live that were so cruelly taken from her."

In April of this year, this newspaper revealed how Gus had been left the entirety of Patricia's estate in her will.

Probate documents revealed how she left an estate valued at €32,492 to her spouse. And as next-of-kin, Gus was also entitled to full possession of the Mountain View Park home.

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