Sunday 21 January 2018

Eleven murders committed by criminals out on bail, new figures show

Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Some 11 murders which occurred last year were carried out by criminals while they were out on bail, it has been revealed.

The number of recorded crimes where the suspected offenders were out of prison have been revealed by the Department of Justice in response to a parliamentary question by Bernard Durkan TD.

Some 77 murders were carried out by criminals on bail since 2003, the figures show. This year, up until June, one murder is suspected to have been carried out by a known criminal.

There were also 10 manslaughters by criminals who were at large since 2003.

The suspected perpetrators of one murder, six sexual assaults and three rapes, up until last June, were also out on release.

One case of defilement of a girl or boy younger than 17 years this year is also thought to have been carried out by a criminal on bail, it is believed.

The shocking Government figures also reveal that 112 assaults causing harm or poisoning were carried out by known criminals.

Some 171 more cases of assault also occurred while the suspects were out on bail, falling under the bracket of “other assaults” in the Government’s statistics.

Some 15 cases of harassment and related offences were also linked to the bailed criminals, while the figure for last year was 44.

Last year, while 528 robberies in total were linked to known suspects, 223 of these constituted robbery of an establishment or institution, 12 were robberies of cash or goods in transit, and 293 were robberies from a person.

This year until June, 206 robberies were linked to suspects out on bail. Some 99 of these constituted robbery of an establishment or institution; five were robberies of cash or goods in transit, and 102 were robberies from a person.

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