The brutal murder of mother of two Rachel O’Reilly in 2004 sent shockwaves across Ireland and beyond.
Her husband Joe is serving his life for her murder, but here’s what we know about Rachel.
Who is Rachel O’Reilly?
Rachel O’Reilly, formerly Callaly, is a mother of two from Dublin.
The 30-year-old was killed at the hands of her husband in one of Ireland’s most notorious murders.
What happened to Rachel O’Reilly?
Rachel was beaten to death with a dumbbell at the house she shared with partner Joe in Naul on October 4, 2004.
She was murdered in her bedroom shortly after dropping her two children at school and church.
Her 6ft5in tall abusive husband staged the scene to look like a burglary and did everything to cover up his actions – including pretending to be on his way to work when he secretly drove past the M50 to commit the crime. .
He also expressed concern when Rachel failed to pick up their child from school and asked her mother to check on her at her home, which meant she saw her daughter’s body lying in a pool of blood.
However, detectives became suspicious of the father of two and then tracked down his phone to reveal that he had lied about his whereabouts at the time of the attack.
The real alarm goes off as Joe reenacts the murder of his mate’s family.
Where is Joe O’Reilly now?
Joe is serving a life sentence at Wheatfield medium-security prison in Clondalkin, Dublin.
He made an attempt to be freed by Christmas this year, but prison chiefs rejected his request.
Rachel’s brother Paul described his attempt to get out of jail for a few days as “barbaric”, adding: “He wasn’t even allowed to apply.”
And her father, Jim told Sunday World: “I don’t think he’ll be released from prison.
“He’s a dangerous psychopath. He’s put off seeing people suffer.”
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