Murderer Joe O'Reilly will move abroad with his mistress when he is finally released from jail


Bright: Nikki Pelley 'not a stupid woman' says Joe O Reilly's brother Derek

Bright: Nikki Pelley 'not a stupid woman' says Joe O Reilly's brother Derek

Murderer Joe O’Reilly will move abroad with his mistress when he is released from prison, his brother has revealed.

Derek O’Reilly said advertising executive Nikki Pelley is still madly in love with his brother.

‘Nikki obviously loves Joe,’ said Derek. ‘She is still standing by him, she believes in him, she believes in his innocence.

‘Nikki is not a stupid woman, she is a very bright, intelligent woman. I don’t think any woman would be with anybody if they thought they were capable of doing what Joe has been convicted of.’

Joe O’Reilly, 39, is serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his wife Rachel, who was battered to death at her home in The Naul, north Dublin in October 2004.

Derek, 41, believes his brother is innocent and will argue his case on the TV3 documentary series ‘Behind the Crime: The Untold Stories’ which airs tomorrow at 9pm.

In the unedited version of the programme, Derek said Joe will leave Ireland with Nikki, 41, if he is successful in his bid to have his murder conviction overturned.

‘It would be very hard for him to hide. He’s a big lad, he sticks out like a sore thumb in some ways.

‘It could be a case he would head off somewhere for a few years and come back. But this is all hypothetical. But I don’t think Ireland would be a relaxing place for him to be’.

Brutal: Joe O'Reilly is serving a life sentence for killing wife Rachel

Brutal: Joe O'Reilly is serving a life sentence for killing wife Rachel

During his high profile court case, it emerged that Joe’s affair with Miss Pelley had started six months before his wife’s murder.

The pretty blonde, who lives with her parents in Templeogue, south Dublin, continues to make regular visits to Joe at Midlands Prison.

‘It takes a brave woman to stand by him, to expose herself like that and to cope with the media intrusion,’ said Derek.

‘People harass her family too. I can see her waiting until he has finished his sentence.

‘It’s down to themselves, if she believes in Joe − and she doesn’t seem to be wavering her loyalty to him − then yes I can see it. No matter what, neither of them will talk to the media, Joe will never give an interview again.’

Derek described his younger brother as an ‘ordinary type of guy’ when they were growing up in Kilbarrack, north Dublin.

‘He was just a typical teenager, believe it or not he wanted to be a garda, he had all the attributes but it just never happened for him’.

Derek also claimed that someone else murdered Rachel.

‘The Joe I know is not a scumbag,’ he said. ‘He is most definitely not a wife beater and he most definitely isn’t a devil.

‘The Joe O’Reilly I know is anything but the ultimate evil.

Battered: Rachel O'Reilly was beaten to death in her own home in north County Dublin in October 2004

Battered: Rachel O'Reilly was beaten to death in her own home in north County Dublin in October 2004

‘I’ve never had any reason to doubt him; it just isn’t in his physical or mental makeup to take anyone’s life. I know my brother.’

Within weeks of Rachel’s death, Joe quickly became the prime suspect in her murder after his behaviour became increasingly erratic.

‘He should have left that house, psychologically it didn’t do him any good,’ said Derek. ‘He was doing illogical things.

‘He brought the press into the house, the papers became particularly interested in Joe and without using his name it became pretty obvious he was the prime suspect.’

Shortly after Joe was questioned by gardaí over the murder Derek asked him if he was guilty.

‘I sat him down and I said, look me in the eye, tell me now, do you have anything to do with this and his look was like he had been stabbed with a poker.

‘He said “how you could even ask me that?”, since then I’ve had no reason to doubt him.’

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