Monday 20 February 2017

Jim Cusack: Innocent victims of crime failed by our justice system

Several go missing and are presumed murdered every single year and nobody lifts a finger, writes Jim Cusack

Published 21/02/2016 | 02:30

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Anastasija Varslavane, a beautiful young Latvian woman, is missing in Ireland and was most likely murdered and secretly buried by members of an Irish Traveller gang.

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Officially she is a 20-year-old 'missing person'. So too is her boyfriend, Traveller Willie Maughan (34), who disappeared at the same time around April 14 last year.

Their names aren't big in the public consciousness but the fact they were most likely murdered and secretly buried together should be a major issue in this State, maybe even a topic of debate about law and order and the Garda in the General Election, but it isn't. Anna, as she was known, was completely innocent having met Willie and fallen in love.

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