The state has spent €116,000 prosecuting Darren Murphy in three trials

The state has spent €116,000 prosecuting Darren Murphy in three trials
Darren Murphy has lodged another appeal Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited

THE three trials of Darren Murphy relating to the murder of Cork mum Olivia Dunlea has cost the State €116,000 in prosecution legal fees.

The figure has been provided to the Evening Echo on foot of a Freedom of Information request, just as it emerges that Murphy has lodged another appeal against his conviction for her murder.

The figures do not include the cost of free legal aid for Murphy. Nor does it include experts fees or witness expenses.

Last month, 41-year-old Darren Murphy from Dan Desmond Villas in Passage West was convicted of her murder at the Central Criminal Court.

He had pleaded guilty to her manslaughter but not guilty of her murder.

The Evening Echo yesterday revealed that Murphy lodged an appeal with the Courts Service on July 11.

The 36-year-old mother of three had been stabbed before she died in a blaze at her home in Passage West on February 17, 2013. Her charred body was found in her bed and she had been stabbed six times.

Murphy's conviction followed a third trial.

The first trial ended with a hung jury. The second trial led to a conviction which was overturned on appeal because of the trial judge’s failure to explain fully the legal meaning of the defence of provocation.

According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the State's legal fees for the first trial in 2014 was €38,621. The second trial, held last year, cost the prosecution €53,191 in legal fees, with the total cost incurred by the prosecution for the most recent trial being €24,216.

The latest trial ran over three weeks.

The news that Murphy has sought to appeal his conviction has devastated the Dunlea family.

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