Mum outraged that son’s killer could be free within months
Published 26/06/2014 | 06:53
THE mother of a teenager who was stabbed to death is “very unhappy” about the impending release of her son’s killer, only six years after he was jailed.
Charlotte Nolan, of Fairview, Dublin , was also critical that Finn Colclough (23), who killed her son Sean in 2007, is in an open prison.
Colclough was given a 10-year sentence in 2008 for manslaughter, a term that was reduced to eight years on appeal.
With 25pc remission, he will be out towards the end of this year, Ms Nolan believes.
It has also emerged that Colclough is seeking an order compelling the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald, to decide whether he qualifies for one-third remission.
If so, he can be released immediately from Shelton Abbey, Co Wicklow, where he is detained.
“He’s going to get 25pc remission anyway, automatically, but sure he’s due for release in October of this year with remission,” Ms Nolan said.
“He got 10 years in 2008 with two years suspended on appeal, so that’s eight years and with 25pc remission that’s six years so he’s due out this October.
“I’m not happy with the fact that he’s in an open prison. I’ve always said that, I think it’s outrageous.
“He’s in Shelton Abbey. I don’t think anybody who’s guilty of a violent offence should be allowed in an open prison.”
Ms Nolan did not wish to comment on Colclough’s bid to get one-third remission, but added: “I’m very unhappy with the situation. I don’t think he should have been allowed into an open prison, certainly not that early into his sentence.
“He’s there at least a year-and-a-half. I wrote to the Minister for Justice.”
She was referring to an email she sent to former Justice Minister Alan Shatter.
“His secretary said the Prison Service are the ones who manage prisoners once they’re in the system. It’s not down to the minister,” she said.
“I think in relation to parole the minister has a say, but not in relation to the management of prisoners while they’re in custody as far as I know.”
Colclough, who was 18 when he killed Sean on May 26, 2007, was convicted after a nine-day trial in October, 2008.
It heard Sean and two friends had been in the Waterloo Road area of Ballsbridge. They were celebrating after their graduation from St Joseph’s CBS in Fairview.
They met Colclough, who was out walking with some pals after spending the evening at a 21st party for a family friend, and words were exchanged.
Colclough had been drinking and had smoked a joint with a friend on his return to the family home in Waterloo Road.
He became agitated that Sean and his friends were not moving away from outside his house. He grabbed two knives from the kitchen and ran out. Sean stood up to him and, following a struggle, Colclough stabbed him.
Colclough claims he is entitled to be released with a third of his sentence left to serve. His lawyers say he qualifies because he has been of good behaviour.
pain: Charlotte and Michael Nolan hold a photo of their son Sean who was stabbed to death by Finn Colclough (inset)