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Mens Rea is the legal principle of intent that must be proved in a number of crimes, such as murder. It means literally, "guilty mind". Mens Rea Podcast explores the most notorious crimes from Ireland and the UK and the court cases that followed. Join your host, Sinead, every fortnight when a new case is discussed.

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Mens Rea is the legal principle of intent that must be proved in a number of crimes, such as murder. It means literally, "guilty mind". Mens Rea Podcast explores the most notorious crimes from Ireland and the UK and the court cases that followed. Join your host, Sinead, every fortnight when a new case is discussed.

    From the Archives: The Murder of Manuela Riedo

    From the Archives: The Murder of Manuela Riedo

    Three days after arriving in Galway in October of 2007, 17 year old Swiss girl Manuel Riedo was found dead on some marshy ground just outside the city. The investigation into her murder would reveal a series of crimes committed in Galway.

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    Sources:

    Caroline Crawford and Brian McDonald, “Grief stricken parents flying to Ireland to ID their only child's body” in The Evening Herald  (10 October 2007) p. 3.


    Caroline Crawford and Brian McDonald, “What monster could kill our only girl” in The Evening Herald  (10 October 2007) p. 1.


    Louise Hogan and Brian McDonald, “Grief-stricken parents arrive to identify body of their only child” in The Irish Independent (11 October 2007) p. 3.



    Brian McDonald and Conor Feehan, “Heartbroken parents too distraught to travel” in The Evening Herald  (11 October 2007) p. 4.



    Lorna Siggins, “Fifty gardai hunt for Swiss student's killer” in The Irish Times  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/fifty-garda%C3%AD-hunt-for-swiss-student-s-killer-1.971706   (12 October 2007)



    Lorna Siggins, “Students leave after killing” in The Irish Times  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/students-leave-after-killing-1.972137  (13 October 2007)



    Lorna Siggins, “Sex offender focus in search for Swiss girl's killer” in The Irish Times  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/sex-offender-focus-in-search-for-swiss-girl-s-killer-1.972513  (15 October 2007)



    Paul Anderson, “Gardai believe witnesses in Riedo inquiry yet to emerge” in The Irish Times  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/garda%C3%AD-believe-witnesses-in-riedo-inquiry-yet-to-emerge-1.813594 (16 October 2007)



    Lorna Siggins, “Mayor to attend Swiss teen's funeral” in The Irish Times  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/mayor-to-attend-swiss-teen-s-funeral-1.973280  (17 October 2007)



    Lorna Siggins, “Garda believe Swiss girl killed on way into city” in The Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/garda-believe-swiss-girl-killed-on-way-into-city-1.973641  (18 October 2007)



    Cormac Looney, “Brother and sister arrested in Manuela death probe” in The Evening Herald (18 October 2007) p. 1, 5.


    Paul Anderson, “Gardai release two held over Riedo murder” in The Irish Timeshttps://www.irishtimes.com/news/gardai-release-two-held-over-riedo-murder-1.813687(18 October 2007)


    Lorna Siggins, “Gardai question two people over murder of Swiss student” in The Irish Times  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/garda%C3%AD-question-two-people-over-murder-of-swiss-student-1.973933  (19 October 2007)



    Conor Feehan and Cormac Looney, “Face of man charged with Manuela murder” in The Evening Herald  (19 October 2007) p. 1, 6.


    Lorna Siggins, 'Candlelit vigil: students remember murdered colleague” in The Irish Times  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/candlelit-vigil-students-remember-murdered-colleague-1.973935 (19 October 2007)


    Eanna O'Caollai, “Man charged with Swiss girl's murder” in The Irish Times  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-charged-with-swiss-girl-s-murder-1.813739 (19 October 2007)



    Ann Healy, “Man (27) charged with murder of student” in The Irish Timeshttps://www.irishtimes.com/news/man-27

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    From the Archives: The murder of Jill Meagher & the serial sex crimes of Adrian Bayley

    From the Archives: The murder of Jill Meagher & the serial sex crimes of Adrian Bayley

    On Friday the 22nd September 2012, Jill Meagher left work after a long week and went out for a night on the town in her adopted home of Melbourne, Australia. She spent the evening in a number of bars and pubs with work friends.

    But that night, there was a predator out on the streets too. One who had spent nearly a decade in prison for violent assaults and rape, and was still on parole and bail. Because of him, Jill would never make it home that night.



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    Sources: 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=5QbRGBMvk-8 – CCTV footage 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCdrma5QWNk – Boutique CCTV footage 

    Sean Dunne, “Jill Meagher killer Adrian Bayley stabbed in prison” in The Irish Timeshttps://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/jill-meagher-killer-adrian-bayley-stabbed-in-prison-1.3205995 (1 September 2017) 

    “New details emerge about Bayley's past” in The Irish Timeshttps://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/new-details-emerge-about-bayley-s-past-1.1435075 (19 June 2013) 

    Michelle Hennessy, “Jill Meagher murderer has sentence cut by three years” in TheJournal.iehttps://www.thejournal.ie/adrian-bayley-sentence-cut-2875832-Jul2016/ (13 July 2016) 

    Peter Greogory, “When a fair trial could be at risk, supression is the order of the day” in TheConversation.comhttp://theconversation.com/when-a-fair-trial-could-be-at-risk-suppression-is-the-order-of-the-day-109181 (21 December 2018) 

    Mark Pearson, “You wouldn't read about it: Adrian Bayley rape trials expose flaw in suppression orders” in TheConversation.comhttps://theconversation.com/you-wouldnt-read-about-it-adrian-bayley-rape-trials-expose-flaw-in-suppression-orders-39375 (27 March 2015) 

    “Adrian Bayley's minimum prison term extended by 10 years over three rape convictions” from ABC.net.auhttps://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-28/adrian-bayley-minimum-prison-term-extended-10-years-over-rapes/6502986 (28 May 2015) 

    Loretta Florance and Peta Carlyon, “Adrian Bayley told young victim he was 'one of those bad guys' before raping her, court hears” from ABC.net.auhttps://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-26/adrian-bayley-told-young-victim-he-was-one-of-those-bad-guys/6341230 (26 March 2015) 

    Loretta Florance, Peta Carlyon and staff, “Adrain Bayley told victim she should have 'spotter or pimp' to protect her” from ABC.net.auhttps://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-26/adrian-bayley-told-victim-she-needed-pimp-or-spotter/6342150 (26 March 2015) 

    Loretta Florance and Peta Carlyon, “Dutch backpacker convinced Adrain Bayley to drive her home after rape with promise not to go to police” from ABC.net.auhttps://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-26/dutch-backpacker-convinced-adrian-bayley-to-take-her-home/6342936 (26 March 2015) 

    “Bayley gets longer sentence after new convictions” from RTE.ie https://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0528/704313-adrian-bayley/ (28 May 2015) 

    Mark Russell, “Timeline: the dark past of Adrian Bayley” in The Agehttps://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/timeline-the-dark-past-of-adrian-bayley-20150320-1m3sda.html (20 March 2015) 

    John Silvester, “Conviction: How police caught Jill Meagher's killer” in The Agehttps://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/convicted-how-police-caught-jill-meaghers-killer-20160914-grg666.html (16 September 2016) 

    Elaine Edwards, “Jill Meagher's killer 'may have been misidentified' in rape case” in The Irish Timeshttps://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/jill-meagher-s-killer-may-have-been-misidentified-in-rape-case-1.2566547 (9 March 2016) 

    "Beast who raped and murdered Irish woman on way home launched stunning bid for early release” in The

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    Announcement + Bonus: Behind the Mic with Mens Rea

    Announcement + Bonus: Behind the Mic with Mens Rea

    An update on the show for the summer followed by a live session from CrimeCon London 2022 where Sinead goes behind the mic with her true crime podcasting friends!

    Thank you to Bob from Twisted Britain; Sarah from Stop the Killing, Conning the Con, Klooghless; and Gemma from Whats Up Doc?!

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    113 - The Passers-by: The murder of Deirdre Mulcahy

    113 - The Passers-by: The murder of Deirdre Mulcahy

    In September of 1989, 19 year old Deirdre Mulcahy was heading out for the night to meet her friends in Midleton, Co Cork. She never returned home. The garda investigation into her killing would last years - the court proceedings, however, would not.

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    Sources:

    Denis McClean, “Girl found bludgeoned to death” in The Evening Press (14 September 1989) p. 1.

    “Deirdre – whole town is shocked” in The Evening Press(14 September 1989) p. 1.

    John Murphy, “Girl (19) murdered” in The Evening Echo(14 September 1989) p. 1.

    John Murphy, “Brutal murder stuns community” in The Cork Examiner (15 September 1989) p. 1 – 2.

    Tommy Barker, “Gardai probe girl’s last movements” in The Evening Echo (15 September 1989) p. 1.

    Ken Whelan, “Murder girl’s pal raised alarm” in The Evening Press (15 September 1989) p. 2

    Feargal Keane, “Murdered woman ‘took short cut’” in The Irish Press (15 September 1989) p. 4.

    Dick Cross, “Killer on the loose” in The Irish Independent (15 September 1989) p. 1.

    Dick Cross, ‘Tearful friends tell of shortcut” in The Irish Independent (15 September 1989) p. 9

    “Heart break at Deirdre’s funeral” in The Evening Herald(16 September 1989) p. 2.

    Dick Cross, “Gardai plea to town on murder girl’s last minutes” in The Irish Independent (16 September 1989) p. 8

    John Murphy and Tommy Barker, “Gardai still hunting killer” in The Cork Examiner (16 September 1989) p. 1.
    For a full list of sources, please see mensreapod.com

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    112 - A Terrible Thing: The murder of Marie Buckley

    112 - A Terrible Thing: The murder of Marie Buckley

    On 9 November 1970, in the little village of Clonroche, Co Wexford, a young girl went missing. Just a few hours later her body was found dumped in a field not far from her home, and the main street of town.



    The only certain thing at the outset of the investigation into 9 year old Marie Buckley's murder was that this terrible thing had been done by someone local. 



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    Sources:



    “Charged with child’s murder” in The Irish Press (8 December 1970) p. 4
    “Remand on murder charge” in The Irish Examiner (10 December 1970) p. 18
    “Judge warns on murder case delay” in The Irish Press (25 February 1971) p. 5
    “Murder case man remanded” in The Irish Press (11 March 1971) p. 9.
    “Not guilty plea in murder trial” in The Evening Echo(5 July 1971) p. 1
    “’A brutal killing’ – court told” in The Evening Herald(5 July 1971) p. 1, 2.
    “Jury told accused slit his own throat” in The Cork Examiner (6 July 1971) p. 5.
    “Clonroche murder trial resumes” in The Evening Herald(7 July 1971) p. 1.
    “Account of girl’s last hours alive” in The Cork Examiner(7 July 1971) p. 11.
    “Children give evidence in murder trial” in The Irish Press (7 July 1971) p. 7
    “Dead girl’s pal tells of visit to secret hide-out” in The Irish Independent (7 July 1971) p. 9
    “Murder trial told of conversation with accused” in The Evening Echo (7 July 1971) p. 1
    “Murder trial: parents tell of widespread search for their child” in The Evening Herald (8 July 1971) p. 5.
    “Aunt searched by torchlight” in The Irish Press (8 July 1971) p. 7.
    “Judge lets dead girl’s parents go” in The Cork Examiner  (8 July 1971) p. 5.
    “Screams heard, court is told” in The Irish Press (9 July 1971) p. 7.
    “Garda tells of six-hour clue search” in The Evening Herald (9 July 1971) p.4
    “Witness tells court he saw girl with accused man” in The Irish Independent (10 July 1971) p. 5.
    “Man and child seen at night” in The Irish Press (10 July 1971) p. 4
    “Murder trial enters sixth day” in The Evening Echo(13 July 1971) p. 2
    “I heard child’s scream – murder trial witness” in The Evening Herald  (13 July 1971) p 2.
    “Bloodstains on wall. Murder trial told” in The Irish Press (14 July 1971) p . 6
    “Scream seemed to be a child’s, court told” in The Irish Independent (14 July 1971) p. 8
    “Murder trial told how girl died” in The Irish Independent (15 July 1971) p. 11
    “Accused’s wound could have killed” in The Cork Examiner(15 July 1971) p. 5
    “Murder trial told of young girl’s injuries” in The Irish Press (15 July 1971) p. 7
    “Accused told sergeant he burned clothing” in The Evening Herald (16  July 1971) p. 6
    “The scientists give evidence” in The Irish Press (16 July 1971) p. 5.
    “Evidence in child murder trial” in The Irish Press(16 July 1971) p. 5.
    “Dead thistles in girl’s dress” in The Irish Independent(16 July 1971) p. 11
    “Accused told garda of ‘commotion’” in The Irish Indepen

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    111 - Unsolved: The killing of Belinda Pereira

    111 - Unsolved: The killing of Belinda Pereira

    On the 29th of December, 1996, Gardai were called to a flat on Liffey St in Dublin city centre. Inside was the body of 26 year old British-Sri Lankan woman, Belinda Pereira, who was staying in Dublin for just a week. The nature of her trip prompted many inches of tabloid fodder. She had come to Dublin in order to carry out sex work. 


    But the voyeuristic media attention on Belinda's case did not last long. 


    Sadly, today, her name is all but forgotten. 


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    Sources:



    John Maher, “Parents due to arrive to identify murder victim” in The Irish Times (1 January 1997) p. 4.



    Stephen Rae, “New 'Flying Squad' ready to smash the crime lords” in The Evening Herald  (4 January 1997) p. 2.


    “New breakthrough in search for killer” in The Evening Herald  (4 January 1997) p. 36.



    Mike McNiffe and Joanne McElgunn, “Greedy pimps who cashed in on Belinda's life” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p.p. 2-3.


    Ben Proctor, “£3000 for sex trip to Ireland” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 2.


    “Bank manager's love for hooker” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 4-5.


    Joanne McElgunn, “Sex trade is terrified” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p.p. 4-5.


    Susan McKay, “The high price of selling sex” in The Sunday Tribune   (5 January 1997) p. 11.


    Tom Cooney, “Prostitutes are flesh and blood just like we are” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 8


    John Lee, “Dublin's high-tech call girls go mobile” in The Sunday Independent  (5 January 1997) p. 12.


    “The pimp who ran Belinda brothel” in The Sunday World  (5 January 1997) p. 1, 2, 3.


    Mike McNiffe and Joanne McElgunn, “Find my girl's savage killer” in The Sunday World  (5 January) p.p. 1 – 5, 8.


    Frank Khan, “Murder victim's lifestyle big shock” in The Sunday Independent  (5 January 1997) p. 3.


    John Maher, 'Sri Lankan parents identify body of murdered woman” in The Irish Times (6 January 1997) p. 7.


    Annemaria McEneaney, “Gardai sift statements for call girl death clues” in The Irish Independent  (6 January 1997) p. 9.


    “Belinda: Gardai hunt for clues” in The Evening Herald  (6 January 1997) p. 6.


    Stephen Rae, “Call girl killer: hunt in Britain” in The Evening Herald  (8 January 1997) p. 16


    Stephen Rae, “Gardai appeal for information” in The Evening Herald  (9 January 1997) p. 1


    “Picture of victim released” in The Irish Times  (10 January 1997) p. 4.


    Tom Reddy, “Gardai release slain call girl photo” in The Irish Independent  (10 January 1997) p. 4.


    “Call girl killed 'for her money'” in The Evening Herald   (10 January 1997) p. 18


    “Cash clue to killing” in The Irish Independent   (11 January 1997) p. 9


    Joanne McElgunn, “Slain hooker's diary names celeb clients” in The Sunday World  (12 January 1997) p. 4.


    Joanne McElgunn, “Inside the sleazy world of Irelands pimps and prostitutes” in The Sunday World  (19 January 19

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