Kerry Babies case police deny Garda ‘Heavy Gang’ involvement in investigation

A COP involving the infamous Kerry Babies case dismissed Garda’s claims of a ‘heavy gang’ involved in the investigation.

And the former detective insists he’s “cool” when in doubt Joanne Hayes in her interviews.

Retired Inspector Det Gerry O'Carroll recalled the case


Retired Inspector Det Gerry O’Carroll recalled the caseCredit: Mainstream Publishing
State officially apologizes to Joanne Hayes in 2020


State officially apologizes to Joanne Hayes in 2020Credit: RTE

On April 14, 1984, the body of an infant was found on the White Strand near Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry. The child was stabbed 28 times.

Joanne lived in Abbeydyers and was pregnant and was quickly arrested.

After hours of questioning, she and her family confessed to the murder.

They later retracted their confession and revealed that her child had died after birth and was buried on their farm.

Even so, she was charged with murder. It was then thrown out by a judge because blood evidence showed she was not the mother of the dead child.


Retired Det Insp Gerry O’Carroll is part of the Murder Squad tasked with finding the killer.

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“Everything depends on face-to-face and interrogation,” he said. We didn’t have the tools they have today – the know-how and the forensic expertise. DNA in its infancy. ”

But he said no Garda ‘Heavy Gang’ and he didn’t use heavy-handed methods to question Joanne.

He said: “I deny the existence of the so-called Heavy Gang. We are good interrogators. Joanne Hayes and I were like a house on fire. I was nice to that girl.”

The state officially apologized to Joanne in 2020, and she was given substantial compensation.

  • CRIME and Confessions ends tomorrow night on RTE One at 9.35pm. Kerry Babies case police deny Garda ‘Heavy Gang’ involvement in investigation

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