Saturday 25 November 2017

Family want Sharon killer to stay here

THE family of murder victim Sharon Coughlan (below) have reiterated their plea to Justice Minister Alan Shatter to reverse his controversial decision to allow her killer to serve out his life sentence in his native Czech Republic.

The 37-year-old mother of two from Longford was raped and strangled after she was dragged into a derelict house just metres from her home in September 2007.

David Brozovsky, a Czech national with 27 previous convictions, was sentenced to life after he pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court in January 2008 to her murder.

But her family asked the minister to reverse the repatriation order he signed last month that allows the 24-year-old to serve the remainder of his sentence in his home country.

Speaking on RTE's 'Prime Time' last night, Ms Coughlan's sister, Caran, said Sharon's children, Ciara and Dean, are asking the same questions over the decision to let Brozovsky return home.

"Ciara wants to know why this man has a choice to go home when her mammy can't come home to her," she said.

"And Dean wants to know why, in his words, the 'government man' has decided to listen to the man who murdered his mother.

"Why is he listening to somebody who did wrong? Why is he not listening to us when Sharon did nothing wrong?"

Mr Shatter, who also appeared on the programme, said that by signing the repatriation order Brozovsky can be barred from returning to Ireland.

He also indicated he would serve a longer sentence in the Czech Republic than here.

Along with being assured by the Czech government that it will "guarantee" Brozovsky serves at least 20 years, the Czech government can also impose conditions of his release.

Irish Independent

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