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Woman convicted of covering up horrific murder of her own mum written out of father’s death notice

In the death notice, Gus was remembered as the ‘beloved husband of the late Patricia … and much-loved father of Richard'.

Louise O'Connor, who was convicted of covering up the gruesome murder of her own mother, talks to our man Patrick O'Connell

Patrick O'Connell

A WOMAN convicted of covering up the gruesome murder of her own mother was written out of her father’s death notice.

The funeral of Gus O’Connor, the husband of dismembered grandmother Patricia O’Connor, took place last Wednesday following his death in the Mater hospital on Friday of last week.

In his death notice published on RIP, no mention was made of jailed daughter Louise or grand-daughter Stephanie who was also jailed, but has since been released, for covering up the killing.

In the death notice, Gus was remembered as the ‘beloved husband of the late Patricia … and much-loved father of Richard.”

Gus (78) had only been released from prison himself last year after serving a year in custody for reporting murdered wife Patricia (61) missing to gardaí when he already knew she was dead.

He was cremated at Mount Jerome Crematorium after Funeral Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook.

After his release from prison we approached Gus to ask if he would finally give his account of the cover-up of the murder of his wife, but he responded: "I have nothing to say."

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

Patricia O’Connor's body was dismembered

He buried the grandmother-of-seven's body in a cornfield in Co Wexford, but later dug it up, dismembered it with a hacksaw and scattered the remains at nine locations across the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains

After the murder, 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.

In April last year, this newspaper revealed how probate documents showed that Patricia left an estate valued at €32,492 to her spouse.

And as next-of-kin, Gus was also entitled to full possession of the house at Mountain View Park in Churchtown, in south Dublin where she was killed as it had been registered jointly in their names.

It was sold by her husband Gus for a final price of €350,000 - property records obtained by the Sunday World revealed and changed hands on September 7.

Records of the sale were uploaded onto the Property Price Register on September 22 - showing the house had achieved its 'full market value'. The house had been placed on the market with an asking price of €365,000.

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