A convicted killer who along with his accomplice carried out two vicious murders in Wicklow and Mayo in the 1970’s is seeking extra time to take an appeal against a high court ruling denying two days temporary release per year.
73 year old English national John Shaw was detained in September 1976 along with Geoffrey Evans, and convicted in 1978 for the for the abduction, rape, torture and murder of 22 year old Dublin woman Elizabeth Plunkett in Brittas Bay in Wicklow, and 24 year old Mary Duffy in Mayo.
They were preparing to abduct a third victim when they were apprehended.
Evans died in 2012. However Shaw is now the longest serving prisoner in the state.