Let me begin this defence of our criminal justice system by telling you something:
I took the power lead of my Dyson cleaner, looped it over a door and made another loop for my foot. The cable carried my weight quite easily.
The police told the jury that a Dyson flex could not carry the weight of a human body for longer than 5 seconds.
What the police told the jury was wrong.
Let me continue with an observation on subliminal messages:
The media constantly referred to the victim as Siobhan, and to the accused as Kearney.
What picture does that create in your mind?
The judge in his summing up twice referred to Siobhan Kearney as Rachel. You might remember the recent controversial case of Rachel O Reilly who was in all likelihood brutally murdered by her husband. What predisposition did that Freudian slip create in the minds of the jury?
Listen. When are we going to start showing some respect for our own criminal justice system? When are we going to see that most probably guilty does not mean the same thing as guilty beyond reasonable doubt?
I think Brian Kearney probably killed his wife, but as I’ve said too many times already, we’re not supposed to be jailing people on the grounds of gross suspicion because when we start doing that we’ll have a police state.
Let the authorities do their job right, present a watertight case and put the likes of Brian Kearney and Joe O Reilly in jail based on proof. Or else let them go free.
The alternative is that every man accused of a violent crime stands convicted before his case ever comes to court.