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Joe O'Reilly granted free legal aid to appeal case again

He was granted free legal aid to take a miscarriage of justice case by the Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday.

File photo of convicted murderer Joe O'Reilly.
File photo of convicted murderer Joe O'Reilly.
Image: Albert Gonzalez / Photocall Ireland

ACCORDING TO RTÉ News, Joe O’Reilly, the man convicted of murdering his wife in 2004, was granted free legal aid in order to take a miscarriage of justice case by the Court of Criminal Appeal yesterday.

It was reported that O’Reilly was not in court at the time of the application, which was heard by Mr Justice Adrian Hardiman.

He is serving life in prison for killing his 30-year-old wife Rachel who was beaten to death at their home in the Naul, Dublin in October 2004.

The 38-year-old was convicted five years ago and sentenced to life imprisonment, he appealed his conviction in 2009 but lost. He maintains his innocence.

TheJournal.ie understands that he is now seeking to have his case declared a miscarriage of justice by introducing new evidence.

Read: Revealed: the life of a 13-year-old growing up in Ireland >

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