Monday 22 January 2018

DPP to appeal jail sentence for 'menace to society' thug

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Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is to appeal the jail term handed down to a thug described as a "menace to society" after he terrorised an elderly couple in their own home.

Carl Freeman (22) was last month handed a seven-year sentence, with three years suspended, after he and an accomplice viciously attacked William and Kathleen Crean in the early hours of the morning.

The couple suffered severe injuries: Mr Crean (72) was beaten with a hurley as his wife was pulled from her bed by the neck. Mrs Crean (65) is suffering from cancer and has to wear two bags to collect fluid from her kidneys.

Freeman, who was recently described by a judge as a "menace to society" shouted at the couple: "We want your f*****g gold, silver and cash."

The couple have since bought an alsatian dog and wear personal alarms.

The Irish Independent has learned the DPP has appealed the sentence handed down to Freeman. "It was clearly felt the length of the sentence and the three years suspended did not fit the crime," a source said.

Irish Independent

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