Family plead with Kenny to block repatriation of daughter's killer
THE family of a woman strangled to death five years ago have called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene in the planned repatriation of her murderer back to his homeland.
Sharon Coughlan, a 37-year-old mother of two, was robbed and raped before being murdered just metres from her home on Great Water Street in Longford town in 2007.
Czech man David Brozovsky pleaded guilty and in 2008 was sentenced to life for the murder and 15 years for rape.
But Justice Minister Alan Shatter has sanctioned his repatriation to the Czech Republic despite opposition by Ms Coughlan's family.
They accused the minister of claiming they had asked not to be told that the murderer would be sent home, adding they were never told of their right to be informed.
But a statement for the minister said he "regretted" the family's allegations that he misrepresented their position.
"He (the minister) has at no stage misrepresented the family in any way, and both in his meeting last May with the family and in subsequent correspondence with the family's solicitor, he has been anxious to ensure that they have the fullest possible information," it said.
The statement added the Czech authorities had given assurances that Brozovsky would serve at least 20 years of his life sentence before being considered for release.
The family earlier told RTE they were never advised of their entitlement to be informed of Brozovsky's whereabouts, and that Mr Shatter was aware of this at a meeting last May.
The family plan to hand in a petition to the Dail on Wednesday calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to stop Brozovsky's repatriation.