Sligo woman sentenced for impeding prosecution of brother for murder

A 29-year old Sligo woman has been sentenced to four years in prison for staging a man’s suicide in order to impede the prosecution of her brother, who was last week jailed for life for murder.

Sentencing Janice Brady at the Central Criminal Court, Mr Justice Michael White noted the defendant had already served 28 months in custody and, taking this into account, had only a short portion of the sentence left to serve.

Mr Justice White said Brady, who the court heard has a very serious drug addiction, had assisted her brother by falsifying the scene of the crime to give a “haphazard impression” as to how the offence occurred.

She has 73 previous convictions including robbery, theft and assault.

A post mortem found that well-known Sligo musician Matt Kivlehan suffered two stab wounds, one to either side of his neck at his home in Holborn Street in August 2015.