Saturday 25 March 2017

System has let down tragic victim -- solicitor

Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

THE solicitor who represented murdered mother-of-two Baiba Saulite has said it is unlikely her contract killer will ever be caught.

John Hennessy, based in Swords, Co Dublin, said that he was "deeply disappointed" there had been no prosecution in the case and called for a public debate on the prosecution system.

"We have to sit back and think -- is the system working?" Mr Hennessy asked.

Mr Hennessy was speaking after the inquest into the death of Ms Saulite found she had been unlawfully killed. Mr Hennessy, who represented Ms Saulite before she was killed, has required garda protection since the killing.

He said yesterday that while this kind of case was rarely "completely closed" it would take "extraordinary" new evidence for anything further to happen. "In the normal case of events when the DPP decides not to prosecute that's the end," he added.

"For reasons best known to the DPP, they decided not to prosecute," he said.

The DPP is not required to explain his decisions.

Irish Independent

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