It was reported on Tuesday that the National Bureau of Investigation’s serious crime review team is expected to carry out a fresh probe into the murder of a Ballinasloe mother-of-one 25 years ago.
Nobody has ever been charged with the murder of Marie Kilmartin, who was 35-years-old and living in Portlaoise where she was working in an old people’s home when she disappeared in December 1993. Her body was found six months later in a bog near the Laois-Offaly border.
According to the Irish Independent, a detective made an application last week at the Central Criminal Court for interviews gardaí had with the chief suspect in the case, which were recorded on VCR tapes, to be transferred to DVD. It is believed the tapes contain six interviews conducted between 1994 and 2008. The application to break the seal on the master tape on the VCRs was approved.
The case is now expected to be investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation’s serious crime review team, also known as the ‘cold case’ team. This is the latest major development in the case since three people – two men and a woman aged in their 40s and 60s – were arrested in September 2008.