Family shock as murderer granted transfer
THE family of a woman who was raped and murdered five years ago say they are "devastated" and "disappointed" at the transfer of her killer back home to the Czech Republic to serve the rest of his sentence.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter said yesterday he had approved the transfer of David Brozovsky under the Transfer of Sentenced Persons Acts.
Brozovsky is a Czech national, who was sentenced in January 2009 to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of Sharon Coughlan in Co Longford on September 15, 2007.
Mr Shatter had earlier met the family of Ms Coughlan, who outlined their worries to him about the likelihood of Brozovsky serving a full sentence.
However, the minister said the Czech authorities had given assurances that Brozovsky would continue to have his life sentence enforced and would serve at least 20 years of his life sentence before being considered for conditional release.
Life sentences in this country work out on average at slightly over 17 years behind bars.
Mr Shatter said the family had been informed of his decision and arrangements were now being made with the Czech authorities to implement the transfer within the next few weeks.
He said he was at all times conscious of the dreadful events of 2007 and of the impact on family members.
When he became aware of their concerns, he decided to defer the transfer last May and subsequently met with the family.
He had since given careful consideration to their views and took them into account in making the decision.
However the Coughlan family said: "We are very disappointed but we have no choice but to live with the decision of Minister Shatter. This family is devastated, yet again."
"There is a right way and a wrong way of handling things -- we sincerely hope that no other family will ever be approached in the manner we were first approached to be informed, as a matter of fact, that Sharon's murderer was going back to the Czech Republic."