GARY McCrea was accused of murdering his wife Dolores after she went missing in January 2004.
Dolores thought she and her daughters were safe when they moved out of the family home and away from her estranged husband.
Who is Gary McCrea?
Gary McCrea was a mechanic who lived and worked in County Donegal, Ireland, with his wife and four daughters.
After having marital problems, allegedly due to Gary’s abusive behaviour, Dolores moved out of the family home and into a flat with her children.
But in January 2004 Dolores disappeared, and one year later Gary was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife.
Gary was accused of murdering Dolores and burning her body on a six foot high pyre in the back garden of their family home in January 2004.
Where is Gary McCrea now?
Gary is serving a life sentence for the murder of his estranged wife, Dolores.
McCrea from Ballybulgin, Laghy, Co Donegal, was 40 when he was jailed for life in November 2005.
In 2007 Ireland’s Court of Criminal Appeal rejected his appeal against his murder conviction.
What happened in Dolores McCrea’s murder?
Irish police, known as Gardai, were called to the home of Gary and Dolores repeatedly during their marriage after reports of violence.
By August 2003, Dolores had left Gary and moved into a flat in Ballintra with her four daughters.
Gary was said to be furious about the break-up, allegedly telling people, including two of his daughters, that he would kill Dolores.
Laura McCrea told the Central Criminal Court: “He used to tell me he was going to kill my mother…he said he was going to stab my mother and rip her guts out.”
On January 20, 2004 Dolores was seen for the last time.
After collecting her daughter from a friend’s house and before heading to her darts team meeting, Dolores called at her old family house to talk to her estranged husband about selling him her car.
But Dolores never made it to her darts meeting that night, and was not home the next morning to take her daughters to school.
Gardai searched the McCrea family home and found a piece of bone in a fire which was smouldering at the back of the house.
The police could not link the DNA in the bones to Dolores, because the body had been burnt at temperatures higher than a crematorium furnace.
During the trial a forensic dental surgeon said that the charred teeth removed from the fire were consistent with Dolores’ dental records.
Police also found a recording of a documentary about the murder of Simon Carter, whose body was buried, encased in concrete and then burnt.
During the trial Gary McCrea pleaded not guilty to the murder of Dolores McCrea.
Source: The Sun