Monday 21 April 2014

Murder of mum Sylvia among Micheal Martin files

Sylvia Roche Kelly (33), whose body was discovered in a Limerick hotel on Saturday, December 8, 2007
Sylvia Roche Kelly (33), whose body was discovered in a Limerick hotel on Saturday, December 8, 2007

MATERIALS relating to murdered mum-of-two Sylvia Roche-Kelly was among the files given to Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin by garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.

Sgt McCabe gave the documents to Mr Martin during a three-hour meeting in Portlaoise on Friday.

Altogether, the documents related to a total of nine cases, including the circumstances leading up to the murder of Ms Roche-Kelly in 2007.

Speaking to reporters outside Leinster House yesterday evening, Mr Martin said he had forwarded the files to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

“I have sent the material to the Taoiseach in relation to other issues the whistleblower has raised, pertaining to issues outside of the penalty points dossier, which related to the failure to fulfil basic functions in terms of a range of cases – very, very serious cases – involving abduction, assault and ultimately murder, which leaves huge questions for response.”

Mr Martin claimed Justice Minister Alan Shatter had failed to take the necessary steps to investigate these matters – and ultimately his position was “untenable”.

Ms Roche Kelly (34) was murdered in the Clarion Hotel in Limerick seven years ago.

Jerry McGrath, from Dundrum, Co Tipperary, was jailed for life for her murder in 2009.

At the time, he had been on bail after being charged with attempting to abduct a five-year-old girl from her bedroom and was also, separately, on bail in relation to an alleged serious assault. He was later convicted of both offences.

It is understood that Sgt McCabe’s complaint does not relate to the investigation into Ms Roche-Kelly’s killing, which successfully led a murder conviction, but instead relates to the circumstances which led to her killer being on bail at the date of the murder.

Her widower, Lorcan Roche-Kelly, has sued the State claiming that McGrath should not have been granted bail as he posed a significant threat to the public, the case is listed for hearing in the High Court next Monday.

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