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McGinley plea deferredMcGinley plea deferred
Thursday, 24th November 2005

A plea by convicted husband killer Julie McGinley to be allowed to give evidence at her appeal has been deferred.



The 34-year-old mother of two did not give evidence at her trial when she and her former lover Michael Monaghan were each jailed for 15 years for murdering her husband.



Gerry McGinley, 34, was battered to death in the family home at Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, in August, 2000, but it was nearly a year before his body was found buried in woods in County Leitrim.



The Court of Appeal was told that Mrs McGinley had been suffering from a personality disorder and Lord Justice Nicholson said the question to be decided was whether her condition had prevented her from giving evidence.



McGinley was brought to court to explain why she wanted to go into the witness box but a reporting ban was imposed on what she had to say.



Lord Justice Nicholson, sitting with Lord Justices Campbell and Sheil, said publication could prejudice not only McGinley`s appeal but also Monaghan`s.



The judges said they would defer making a ruling on whether or not McGinley should be allowed to give evidence until the end of the two appeals which are due to be heard in January.



Source: UTV



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