Simon McGinley, the man convicted of the murder of retired telecoms worker Eugene Gillespie in Sligo town three years ago has appealed his conviction.
32-year old McGinley, of Connaughton Road car park, Sligo, appeared before the Court of Appeal at the Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin on Friday February 5th.
He's being represented by Dublin-based solicitor Mr Phelim O'Neill.
A spokesperson for the Courts Service told The Sligo Champion that papers had already been lodged and McGinley's appeal was "in the early stages" of the appeals process.
His case has been added to the appeals list but it is likely to be at least a year before a hearing takes place.
The Sligo Traveller was jailed for life on April 3rd 2014. He had denied murder but admitted the manslaughter of 67-year-old Eugene on September 22nd , 2012.
He had pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment of Mr Gillespie and trespass to commit robbery at his home in Old Market Street.
His trial at the Central Criminal Court heard the manslaughter plea was not accepted by the State and his trial began on March 25th.
Mr Gillespie was a retired telecoms broker who also worked in the family shop and lived alone with his dog Tiny, only a stone's throw away from Sligo Garda Station on Pearse Road.
The antique car lover was found tied up in the hallway of his home by his nephew and his brother, two days after McGinley assaulted him.
McGinley, who said he only knew the deceased to see, had called 999 the day after the assault to say a man was tied up in the house.
But gardai went to the wrong house and Mr Gillespie was not found until the following day.
Mr Gillespie died in hospital from his injuries.
Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan sentenced McGinley to life imprisonment, backdating it to September 29, 2012 for time spent in custody.