Murder probe launched

A murder investigation is expected to be launched following the conviction of Kilkenny’s worst sex offender.

A murder investigation is expected to be launched following the conviction of Kilkenny’s worst sex offender.

The killer and registered sex offender, has been found guilty of leaving his former partner with life threatening injuries following an aggravated sexual assault at his Kilkenny home.

Another woman was found dead at his home with violent injuries in 2008 and gardai are now expected to reopen the case. The 68-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, had pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to aggravated sexual assault and intentionally or recklessly causing the woman serious harm in a Kilkenny town on dates between December 1 and December 8, 2011.

The accused is a registered sex offender and has served time for manslaughter having deliberately driven over a father and his young son in the 1970’s. He was jailed for five years in the UK having been convicted of seven counts of sex assault and has convictions for child abduction. Sentencing is adjourned to July 29.