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family's plea Double killer Frank McCann 'confident' he will be granted release as his brother says he should stay in prison

McCann is understood to be unperturbed by pleas from his own family and the family of his victims that he be kept behind bars.

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Smiling killer Frank McCann is snapped by our undercover team

Smiling killer Frank McCann is snapped by our undercover team

McCann was found guilty of murder in 1996

McCann was found guilty of murder in 1996

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Smiling killer Frank McCann is snapped by our undercover team

DOUBLE KILLER Frank McCann remains confident he will be granted his freedom when his parole bid is considered in the coming months – despite pleas from his own brother that he is kept in prison.

The Sunday World reported in October of last year how McCann – who is serving life for the murder of his wife Esther and adoptive 18-month-old daughter Jessica - believed his next bid for parole, the fifth occasion on which he would seek his freedom, would be his last.

Sources say McCann, now in his 61st year, is seeing out his time as a jailhouse cleaner in the officers’ mess in Arbour Hill and is desperately hoping his status as a ‘trusted inmate’ will see him gain further favour with the parole board.

It’s a sign of the former swim coach’s ‘trusted’ status within the system that he is allowed out of the prison grounds at all to make his daily walk to and from the mess, while all other inmates are in ‘lockdown,’ as coronavirus continues to spread in the capital.

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Murder victim Esther McCann with Esther (niece) and murderer Frank McCann

Murder victim Esther McCann with Esther (niece) and murderer Frank McCann

Murder victim Esther McCann with Esther (niece) and murderer Frank McCann

“He expects to get out soon,” a source told the Sunday World.

“There is no doubt about that.

“McCann feels he has done his time.

“He believes the parole board and the Minister [for Justice] would have let him out years ago except they were afraid of the uproar it would have caused.

“He has played the part of a model prisoner for years, and with 27 years down, it will get harder and harder for the authorities to justify keeping him in here.”

McCann is understood to be unperturbed by pleas from his own family and the family of his victims that he be kept behind bars.

Just yesterday, McCann’s own brother Frank said he believes his brother does not deserve to be released from prison.

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Frank killed his wife Esther and baby Jennifer

Frank killed his wife Esther and baby Jennifer

Frank killed his wife Esther and baby Jennifer

Bernard McCann said he would be “fearful” of his brother being released from prison due to how “devious” Frank was in plotting the murder of his wife and child.

Mr McCann said his brother has never expressed remorse for the killings, which took place in the family home in Rathfarnham in September 1992.

McCann set fire to the home with his wife and baby daughter inside. He was charged with their murders in 1993 and was eventually convicted in a second trial in 1996.

He has remained in Arbour Hill Prison since but was allowed out unaccompanied at times before the pandemic. He is also eligible to apply for parole every three years.

“If you think of how devious he was to set up this whole scenario, to murder Esther and Jessica...I think the man is dangerous, absolutely dangerous,” Bernard told Joe Duffy on RTÉ’s Liveline yesterday afternoon.

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Frank McCann leaves court during one of his trials

Frank McCann leaves court during one of his trials

Frank McCann leaves court during one of his trials

“I gave evidence against him in court and I would do it again. I always said, if he had robbed a bank, I would have just let the guards do their job, but not when you take a life and especially an 18-month-old,” Bernard said of testifying against his own brother.

Bernard said his family has “no interest” in hearing from Frank and every time he sees a picture of his brother “it sickens me and all of our family”.

“We have no interest in him and there is no redemption for that man at all,” Bernard said.

Initially, Bernard didn’t suspect his brother for the murder of Esther and Jessica, and said he was “normal, if you want to use that word” growing up.

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Frank McCann.

Frank McCann.

Frank McCann.

Frank is believed to have been motivated to kill his wife and child in an attempt to cover up the fact he had fathered a child with a 17-year-old girl some years beforehand.

He also concocted fake threats against himself in the weeks before murdering his wife and child, in an attempt to cover up his motives.

“There is no good in that man,” Bernard said of his brother Frank.

“All he has to do is apologise and admit he did it and use the system to get out, but he won’t admit it. I hope he rots in there,” Bernard said.

Bernard confirmed that Frank had also issued threats to him and to Esther’s family.

He urged the people on the parole board who may decide on Frank’s release to consider his family and Esther’s family and said, “come walk in our shoes”.


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