Man convicted of Nicola Collins murder appeals

Man convicted of Nicola Collins murder appeals
Nicola Collins.

THE man convicted of the murder of Nicola Collins has lodged an appeal against his conviction.

Cathal O'Sullivan: appealing his sentence.
Cathal O'Sullivan: appealing his sentence.

Cathal O’Sullivan was found guilty on November 29 in a unanimous verdict and was sentenced to the mandatory life sentence for murder.

However, the 45-year-old Charleville native has lodged an appeal against his conviction with the Courts Service. There has been no date set for a hearing.

During the trial, the court was told that 38-year-old Nicola Collins had been beaten and suffered 125 wounds, including a fractured jaw.

She was found dead at his address on Popham’s Road in Farranree in March 2017.

Cathal O’Sullivan denied her murder and said she had died from injuries sustained in a fall in the shower. He claimed she had hit her head off a tap in the fall.

Nicola was originally from Kerry but lived in Cork city in recent years.

The jury came back with their guilty verdict after deliberating for more than four hours over two days. The trial had lasted three weeks.

After his conviction, Nicola’s sister Carly said her sister’s character had been vilified in the case.

And she said her family will forever be haunted by the trauma suffered by Nicola before she died.

After his conviction, the court heard O’Sullivan was given a suspended three-year sentence in November 2013 for a violent assault on another woman, who had been his girlfriend.

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