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JEAN PALS IN RETRIAL FURY; Ex-lover admitted killing mum.

Byline: VICTORIA McMAHON

HEARTBROKEN pals of strangled Jean Quigley hit out yesterday at the retrial of the man who has admitted killing the devoted mum-of-four.

Stephen Cahoon, 37, was accused of murdering the Derry woman, who was his pregnant ex-girlfriend, but he now faces a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict on Friday.

Cahoon said he killed Jean at her Cornshell Fields home in July last year. However, the jury of seven women and five men sitting at Dublin's Central Criminal Court said they could not reach agreement on a majority manslaughter or murder verdict.

On a Bebo website in loving memory of the 30-year-old pals poured out their frustration and disappointment that no verdict was returned. Pal Kitty Quinn said: "Hey babes xxxxx in shock what this world cumin 2 that news da day knocked me 4 six heartbreaking watch over and keep al strong...miss u more and more everyday."

ANGRY

Another friend posted: "I cant believe what has happened but justice will be done. Please keep a watch over ur mum and family. Always in my thoughts xxx". Pal Kerry Quinn added: "Jean keep ur mum and all the family strong...really angry with the outcome ...every1 behind u!!"

Ms Quigley's naked and badly beaten body was found by her distraught mother in a pool of blood. The horrific killing sparked a huge cross-border manhunt for Cahoon, of Harvey Street, Derry.

He was arrested in Donegal town and made legal history as he opted to have his trial in the Republic, the first person to do so for a non-terrorist related offence.

There were heartbreaking scenes on Friday when Judge Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy announced the jury could not reach a verdict.

Ms Quigley's mother broke down in tears and was comforted by her other four children as she left court.

Cahoon was remanded in custody and will face his retrial in the same court at a date to be set.

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