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Baiba solicitor condemns gangland violence

Martin Grant

Published 19/07/2016 | 02:30

John Hennessy, the solicitor who acted for murder victim Baiba Saulite, at work in his office in Swords, Co Dublin
John Hennessy, the solicitor who acted for murder victim Baiba Saulite, at work in his office in Swords, Co Dublin

The solicitor who represented murdered mother-of-two Baiba Saulite - and almost paid for it with his life - has opened up in an exclusive interview about the attack on his home while he slept and the aftermath of Baiba's murder.

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The long-standing Swords solicitor also gives a damning opinion of the State's reaction to the ongoing Dublin gangland feud in a podcast with Paul Williams on independent.ie.

"I want to live in a State where I am safe in my own home," said John Hennessy.

"Gangland Ireland is indiscriminate, they don't give a damn and that's why they have got to be stopped," he added.

Latvian mother Baiba Saulite was shot dead on the doorstep of her home in Swords on November 19, 2006.

John represented Baiba after he successfully forced an individual to return her sons into care - after he kidnapped them in 2004 and sent them to live with his mother in Lebanon.

"It was a very difficult case…. a particular individual on the other side was a very unpleasant character," said John.

"The abduction of the kids, taken out of the jurisdiction whilst the alleged abductor stayed Ireland…that fascinated me, it was kind of two fingers to the State. I just looked at this guy and thought that he doesn't give a damn," he added.

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