The Office of the Attorney General has appointed a leading senior counsel to independently review the conviction of Tipperary farmer Harry Gleeson, a move that may lead to the Government granting a rare posthumous pardon.
Gleeson was found guilty of the murder of his neighbour, Mary ‘Moll’ McCarthy, whose mutilated body he found on November 21, 1940, in a remote spot on his uncle’s farm near New Inn, Co Tipperary.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter sanctioned the cold-case review following a decades-long quest by Gleeson’s surviving relatives and friends, who have amassed “new” forensic evidence they believe will clear Gleeson’s name.
Mr Shatter, who will publish new DNA database laws tomorrow, may give a decision on the pardon within months following the discovery of a firearms register which was not produced at Gleeson’s trial.
A fresh pathologist’s report has also been conducted which may undermine the prosecution’s case about the timing of the death of Ms McCarthy, who was decried from the altar by a local priest because she was an unmarried mother.
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The Innocence Project says that it has “new” evidence which, had it been available to the defence at the time of the trial, would have changed the defence’s strategy and undermined the prosecution’s case.
Dean of Law at Griffith and director of the Irish Innocence Project Barrister David Langwallner said that he believed the new evidence was sufficient enough to establish that Gleeson suffered a miscarriage of justice. …
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