Sarah Hines was aged 25 when she was murdered in her own home alongside her two little children, Reece aged 3 and Amy, just 5 months old. Her friend, Alicia Bough aged 20 who was visiting was also killed. All four victims were violently stabbed to death in Newcastle West, Limerick on Monday 15th November 2010. Sarah and her children had recently moved to a new home and were settling in well after she ended her relationship with John Geary. Sarah was described by her family and someone who ‘lit up the world’. Sarah’s ex-partner John Geary was arrested on 16th November. He was later charged in connection with all four deaths and was remanded in custody.
At his trial in June 2013, John Geary changed his plea to guilty of murder in relation to the death of his ex-partner Sarah Hines, her 3 year old son, their 5 month old daughter and her friend Alicia Brough. He was remanded in custody for sentencing on 8 July. On that date, John Geary was found guilty of murder on four counts and received four concurrent life sentences. Gardaí believe up to 5 weapons were used during the killings.
Sarah is one of the 78 women who have been killed by their partners of ex-partners in 1996. Women's Aid remembered these women in a moment's silence outside the Dail on Thursday, 20th November 2014. We also remembered Reece and Amy and all the women murdered in Ireland, including Alicia Bough.
R.I.P Sarah, Reece, Amy and Alicia.
Remembering Stolen Lives
Reference: Women's Aid Female Homicide Media Watch, 1996-September 2014