Friday 22 September 2017

Suspects indulge in 'orgy of crime' while out on bail

New figures spark call for root-and-branch review of remand system

John Drennan

John Drennan

Gardai believe suspects released on bail in 2012 were responsible for 11 murders and one manslaughter between them.

And over the four years from 2008-2012, more than 40 murders were believed to have been carried out by suspects on bail.

"Ireland's bail laws are not working and need to be urgently re-examined,'' said Fine Gael senator Tom Sheahan, commenting on the most recent figures from the Central Statistics Office.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Mr Sheahan expressed his "grave concern" over the extent and variety of the crimes committed that included six rape cases, four cases of "defilement of a boy or girl less than 17 years old" and a 10 serious sexual crimes.

Other offences believed to have been committed by those on bail include 606 cases of assault, 15 cases of false imprisonment, three cases of child abandonment or neglect, 16 cases of carjacking and four cases of blackmail. Burglary, theft and 505 cases of the supply of drugs are also thought to have been committed.

In all the figures show an astonishing 21,999 offences in 2012 have been committed by suspects on bail.

"How can decent ordinary citizens feel any sense of security in their lives, when so many crimes are committed by suspects, released by the courts often against the will of arresting gardai?'' asked Mr Sheahan. "Bail should not act as an opportunity to indulge in a final orgy of crime.

"We need a root-and-branch review of how our bail laws operate; is it right that you have fellows out on bail committing murder and people in jail over their TV licence?''

Irish Independent

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