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Murdered by a criminal running wild out on bail

The murder of a young mother by a violent offender out on bail for another crime is just one of the cases which highlights the need for reform of our bail laws, writes Emer Connolly

Published 20/03/2011 | 05:00

TO mark her 33rd birthday, Sylvia Roche-Kelly joined friends for a night out in Limerick. The mother of two was familiar with the city and had decided to treat herself to a rare evening out on the town.

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Sylvia had been running her own art gallery in Sixmilebridge but this had just recently closed. She lived at Ballintlea, between Cratloe and Sixmilebridge, with her two children, a son aged 12 and a four-year-old daughter. She had recently separated from her husband, Lorcan Roche-Kelly.

While socialising that night with her sister and friends, Sylvia bumped into a young man in Ted's nightclub. It appeared, on the face of it, no more than an innocent encounter, but just hours later he would murder her in a hotel bedroom.

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