Friday 9 December 2016

Mother's pain as son's killer starts college course

David Raleigh

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

Christopher O’Callaghan was recently moved from Castlerea Jail to Harristown House open prison, located on the grounds of Castlerea. (Stock photo)
Christopher O’Callaghan was recently moved from Castlerea Jail to Harristown House open prison, located on the grounds of Castlerea. (Stock photo)

A killer has been moved to an open prison and has begun a college course in preparation for his full release.

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Christopher O'Callaghan (35), who was jailed for life in 2002 for murdering 19-year old Michael Fitzpatrick, is on a 16-week welding course at Sligo IT.

He was recently moved from Castlerea Jail to Harristown House open prison, located on the grounds of Castlerea.

His victim, Mr Fitzpatrick, from Southill, Limerick, was stabbed eight times in an unprovoked attack on the Roxboro Road on June 25, 1999.

His mother Mary Fitzpatrick said an objection - which she put in writing last February, asking the minister to reconsider relaxing O'Callaghan's detention - had been ignored.

"I'm so let down by our justice system," she added.

The Department of Justice said it was not in a position to comment on individual cases. However, it said: "We can confirm that correspondence has been received from Ms Fitzpatrick, to which appropriate consideration is being given."

Irish Independent

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