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Laid to rest Funeral hears tribute to 'beloved husband' who covered up wife Patricia O'Connor's murder

Despite the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death he is described as “the beloved husband of the late Patricia."

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Funeral of Gus O' Connor at church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook.

Funeral of Gus O' Connor at church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook.

Funeral of Gus O' Connor at church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook.

The funeral of Gus O’Connor, the man who helped cover up one of the most gruesome killings in the history of the State, took place in Dublin earlier today. 

O’Connor (78) was released from prison last year after serving just over a year for reporting his 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.

At his service the priest invited members of the family to bring forward symbols of his life, “reminding us of his sporting prowess”.

“They're going to bring up remembrances of his enthusiasm for bingo, his cap, his darts, and a photograph of his dog.”

“These, and the playing cards capture the aspects of the social life of Gus.”

Other members were invited to come forward with other symbols, including a small cross and a copy of the book of the scriptures, as the priest extended his sympathy to the family.

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Patricia O'Connor

Patricia O'Connor

Patricia O'Connor

His death notice on RIP.ie states that O’Connor, Augustine (Gus) (late of Stamullen, Co Meath, formerly of Churchtown and Donnybrook), died on January 7 (peacefully) at the Mater Hospital.

Despite the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death he is described as “the beloved husband of the late Patricia”.

“Loved and remembered always by his family, nieces and nephews and a wide circle of friends. May he rest in peace.”

In the condolences section people have left numerous messages to his family.

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Augustine (Gus) O'Connor. Photo: Collins Courts

Augustine (Gus) O'Connor. Photo: Collins Courts

Augustine (Gus) O'Connor. Photo: Collins Courts

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One person has written: “Sending you my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one Gus. May he rest in peace xx.”

Another added: “Rest in peace Gus... Fond memories of the times we did meet. Praying for you all.”

Another person described O’Connor as a “gentle soul” while another said he was a “very nice man."

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Funeral of Gus O' Connor

Funeral of Gus O' Connor

Funeral of Gus O' Connor

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.

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The home Gus possessed

The home Gus possessed

The home Gus possessed

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

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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